UAE sends supplies to aid Iran in coronavirus fight

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The UAE sent over 32 tonnes of supplies to Iran. (WAM)
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The planes took off from Abu Dhabi. (WAM)
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This is the second batch of aid UAE sends to Iran. (WAM)
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Updated 17 March 2020

UAE sends supplies to aid Iran in coronavirus fight

  • The UAE has also provided medical supplies to Wuhan in China at the start of the coronavirus outbreak
  • They also earlier collaborated with WHO to send supplies and experts to Iran

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates sent two aid planes with over 32 metric tons of medical supplies to fight COVID-19 to Iran, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.

The second batch of humanitarian relief planes took off from Abu Dhabi.

“The UAE’s efforts in carrying out a second medical aid flight to Iran are consistent with our country’s founding humanitarian principles, which guide our belief that providing life-saving assistance to those experiencing distress is essential to serving the common good,” Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim Al-Hashemy said.

The first aid delivery to Iran was made on March 3 in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), which involved 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies and five WHO experts.

The UAE has also provided medical supplies to Wuhan in China at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and to Afghanistan.


US military accuses Iranian forces of boarding Liberian-flagged civilian ship

Updated 13 August 2020

US military accuses Iranian forces of boarding Liberian-flagged civilian ship

WASHINGTON: The United States military on Wednesday said that Iranian forces had boarded a civilian vessel in international waters in the Gulf.
The US military’s Central Command released a grainy black-and-white video on Twitter showing a helicopter near a large ship.
“Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian ‘Sea King’ helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the ‘Wila,’” the US Central Command said in a tweet.
According to Refinitiv tracking data, Wila is a Liberian-flagged oil tanker and was currently anchored near the United Arab Emirates’ port of Khor Fakkan.
A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz and the ship was eventually released by Iranian forces. The official said the United States military was not involved in anything other than monitoring the situation.
Tensions between Iran and the United States increased last year following a series of incidents involving shipping in and near the Gulf.
In July 2019, Iran briefly seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized the Iranian tanker Grace 1, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.