Dubai: Under the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the flow of aid from Dubai to Gaza victims continued with two flights yesterday, raising the total for the aid operation from the International Humanitarian City (IHC) to 22 flights — six by Boeing 747 freighters and sixteen by C130s.

After delivery by air to Amman, Jordan, the Hashemite Charity Organization and UNRWA, will ensure its delivery into Gaza.

More than 200,000 Gazans are living in temporary shelters in schools and other facilities run by UNWRA.

The total value of the operation has climbed to roughly Dh25.2 million (about $7 million).

The shipment of 105,000 blankets and 53,000 sleeping mats were among early shipments requested by UNWRA from UN agency stocks at the IHC as families fled their homes.

More than 8,250 hygiene kits were dispatched to help with the problems of overcrowding and prevent the spread of disease. High energy biscuits were shipped for the World Food Programme to help address immediate food needs, especially for children. The airlift also contained medicine, first-aid kits and surgical supplies including antibiotics, analgesics and antiseptics for WHO.

The supply and distribution of water has become critical and the air shipments contained 7200 jerry cans to carry water. In a separate donation, Sheikh Mohammed has donated 10 water trucks to aid distribution of water supplies within Gaza. The most recent flights carried 80,000 Salma Halal ready -to eat meals donated by Sheikh Mohammed and generators donated by the Emirates Red Crescent after the Israelis destroyed Gaza’s only large-scale power plant.