Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has transported 16 tonnes of government aid to Lebanon.
There are fears of widespread food insecurity in Beirut after a huge explosion levelled Lebanon’s main port, where about 80% of its grain is imported.
The blast killed at least 135 people, injured more than 4,000 and made many more people homeless. The explosion happened after a fire started at the port and ignited 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which had been stored in a warehouse since 2013.
Etihad operated a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on 6 August to carry aid to the stricken city.
In recent months, the United Arab Emirates aid programme supported by Etihad Airways, has also assisted more than 1 million medical workers worldwide by supplying personal protective equipment (PPE), medical and food aid in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.