|03ABUDHABI2169||2003-05-04 09:57:00||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Abu Dhabi|
null Diana T Fritz 05/24/2007 04:22:39 PM From DB/Inbox: Search Results Cable Text: CONFIDENTIAL SIPDIS TELEGRAM May 04, 2003 To: No Action Addressee Action: Unknown From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 2169 - UNKNOWN) TAGS: EAID, PREL, PGOV, PHUM Captions: None Subject: UAE RED CRESCENT BEGINS AIRLIFTS TO BAGHDAD Ref: None _________________________________________________________________ C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 02169 SIPDIS CXABU: ACTION: POL INFO: AMB DCM RSO P/M ECON DISSEMINATION: POL CHARGE: PROG APPROVED: DCM:RALBRIGHT DRAFTED: ECON:CCRUMPLER CLEARED: ECON:TWILLIAMS VZCZCADI226 OO RUEHC RUCNRAQ RUEKJCS RUMICEA RUEKJCS RUEHDE RUEHKU RUEHVJ DE RUEHAD #2169 1240957 ZNY CCCCC ZZH O 040957Z MAY 03 FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9785 INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY RUMICEA/USCINCCENT INTEL CEN MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 3093 RUEHKU/AMEMBASSY KUWAIT 0854 RUEHVJ/AMEMBASSY SARAJEVO 0035
C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 002169
1. (U) Classified by DCM Richard A. Albright, for
reasons 1.5 (B) and (D).
2. (C) Heralding a new phase of UAE Red Crescent
operations in Iraq, the UAE Air Force today
facilitated the first of four airlifts to Baghdad
International Airport on behalf of the Red Crescent
Authority (RCA). RCA Secretary General San'a Al-Kitbi
told Econoff 5/3 that the plane carried 15 tons of
medical equipment and medicines for seven different
hospitals in the Baghdad area. The four airlifts
combined will deliver more than USD $300,000 in
medical supplies to Iraq. Since November 2002, the
RCA has spent a total of USD $3,347,761 on its
humanitarian operations in Iraq.
3. (C) According to Al-Kitbi, the medical airlifts
are only the first step in what is a plan to provide
seven hospitals located in different areas of Baghdad
with all the medical supplies and equipment they need
to offer both outpatient and long-term/surgical
services. UAE medical experts are already in Baghdad
assisting with the complete renovation of the Olympic
Hospital near the Iraq Ministry of Health building and
have identified the seven hospitals to receive the RCA
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4. (U) According to press reports, the RCA delegation
that arrived to Umm Qasr 4/11 handed over six fully
equipped ambulances on 5/2 to the Iraqi Red Crescent
Society. ICRC will assist the Iraqi Red Crescent in
the distribution of the ambulances to hospitals
located in remote areas of southern Iraq.
5. (U) Post also learned that RCA coordinated 5/1 a
convoy carrying 140 tons of food and medical aid to
Iraq from Jordan on behalf of Human Appeal
International -- the third largest NGO in the UAE.
UAE Ambassador to Jordan Rahma Al-Za'abi dispatched
the convoy from Amman earlier this week. Ten
representatives from the UAE branch of Human Appeal
International accompanied the supplies to Iraq, and
will distribute them to Al-Karekh Hospital and other
medical centers in central Iraq.