Palestinian Authority rejects COVID-19 aid flown from UAE to Israel

May 22, 2020

The Palestinian Authority has rejected COVID-19 aid flown from the United Arab Emirates directly to Israel, citing “sovereignty” concerns.

On Tuesday, Etihad Airlines flew the first direct commercial flight from the UAE to Israel carrying medical aid for the Palestinians. The two states lack formal relations, as is the case with many Arab countries and Israel. In recent years, Israel and the UAE have been brought closer together due to shared concerns about Iran.

However, on Thursday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said that the Palestinian government only learned about the delivery from media reports.

“We were not informed about this and there was no coordination with us on either end, with our ambassador in the Emirates or here,” he said, according the Associated Press.

The plane took off from Etihad’s hub Abu Dhabi and landed in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport carrying protective equipment, ventilators and other medical gear.

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