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Palestine rejects Emirati aid sent via Israeli airport

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 22, 2020
The Palestinian government rejected on Thursday to receive an aid shipment coming from the Gulf country of United Arab Emirates, according to the Palestinian health minister Mai Kaila.
Mai Kaila
Minister   Mai Kaila
In a press conference, Mai Kaila said her country refused to receive the medical aid as the Emirati side ignored to coordinate with them.

Topics: Palestine Emirati Israel

She said: "The UAE has not coordinated with us regarding the medical aid, and we reject to receive it without coordination."

"We are a sovereign country, and they should have coordinated with us first," added the minister.

Citing informed sources, Maan News Agency, known for being close to the Palestinian Authority, said earlier on Thursday that the decision came as the aid arrived via an Israeli airport.

The aid shipment came although the Gulf country has no official ties with Tel Aviv.

“The UAE authorities did not coordinate with the State of Palestine before sending the aid,” the government sources said, adding: “Palestinians refuse to be a bridge [for Arab countries] seeking to have normalized ties with Israel.”

They asserted that any assistance meant to be sent to the Palestinian people should be coordinated with the Palestinian Authority first.

“Sending them directly to Israel constitutes a cover for normalization,” they added.