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Oman’s first aid convoy reaches Gaza via Egypt

27 Nov 2023 Oman’s first aid convoy reaches Gaza via Egypt By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – In a significant humanitarian initiative, Oman has established its airbridge to deliver relief materials to the Gaza Strip.

This effort, directed by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, was undertaken by the Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO), which dispatched the essential supplies through the Rafah crossing on Monday.

An official from OCO stated that in collaboration with the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Cairo and the Egyptian Red Crescent, “we have initiated an airbridge operation”.

In this airbridge operation, five aircraft landed at the Egyptian Arish Airport carrying a total of 100 tonnes of food items. “These supplies are intended for the Palestinian people in the occupied Gaza Strip and will be distributed through the Palestinian Red Crescent to those in shelter centres.”

The official confirmed that this delivery represents the first batch of humanitarian aid from Oman, with more to follow. “We are thankful to all those who contributed to this noble humanitarian endeavour and for their ongoing solidarity with our Palestinian brethren.”

In addition to the airbridge operation, the OCO, in partnership with the Palestinian Red Crescent, is actively distributing food to displaced families in the Gaza Strip, addressing the needs that have arisen due to the Israeli aggression, the official added.

In a call to philanthropists, the official said individuals can contribute to the Palestinian cause via ONEIC payment machines and bank transfers to two accounts – Bank Muscat 0423010869610013 and Oman Arab Bank 3101006200500.

Donations can also be made through text messages. Omantel subscribers can send ‘donate’ to 90022, Ooredoo subscribers ‘Palestine’ to 90909, and Renna subscribers can use the code 181092#

OCO also informed that donations are possible via www.jood.om or its website: www.oco.org.om

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