In a humanitarian gesture, the United Arab Emirates has opened its doors to a group of 15 Palestinians, including eight children and their families, who arrived in Abu Dhabi by plane for medical treatment. The group was evacuated from Gaza via the Rafah border crossing into Egypt, as reported by Reuters.
In preparation for the journey, several seats on the plane were removed to accommodate the most critically wounded children on stretchers. The poignant scene aboard the aircraft included children with bandaged limbs; some sat quietly beside their caregivers, while others made the journey alone.
Among these young patients is 14-year-old Mohammed Abu Tabikh, who sustained severe neck and spine injuries during an attack that targeted the car he was in. Recounting his experience, Mohammed expressed his initial shock and subsequent immobility following the incident.
This group represents the first batch of patients to benefit from President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s commitment to treat 1,000 Palestinians in UAE hospitals. This initiative is set to see daily flights bringing more patients for medical assistance.
The arrival of these patients, some with critical injuries and others battling cancer, marks a significant step in the UAE’s efforts to provide essential medical care to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Gaza. This move is a testament to the UAE’s dedication to humanitarian aid and its role in supporting the health and well-being of those in need.