Israel: 2nd UAE plane carrying virus aid for Palestinians touches down in Tel Aviv

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways made its second known flight to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday night. The cargo plane was carrying medical provided by the UAE for Palestinians to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The plane was seen parked in the airport's tarmac, with both the airline logo and the flag of the United Arab Emirates visible, unlike for the first flight. The two flights are reported to have delivered about 16 tons of medical material, including ventilators and PPE. Director of Israeli Foreign Ministry Yuval Roten praised the ministry's role in facilitating the arrival of the plane and hoped the future flights to be carrying tourists from the UAE. The Palestinian Authority had rejected the first shipment of medical aid, due ot the lack of coordination from the Emirati authorities with Palestine, and due to concerns about the shipment being a «cover for normalisation» of ties between Israel and the UAE. According to reports, Palestinian authorities said they were not informed about the second shipment either. There are neither diplomatic relations between the UAE and Israel nor commercial flights.

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