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Palestinian Authority rejects COVID-19 aid flown from UAE to Israel

The Palestinian government said it was not coordinated with regarding the medical supplies.
Workers load aid onto an airplane to be delivered to Rohingya refugees residing in Bangladesh, in coordination between UNHCR and United Arab Emirates, at Dubai airport, UAE, October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Satish Kumar - RC1C12FE9CB0

The Palestinian Authority has rejected COVID-19 aid flown from the United Arab Emirates directly to Israel, citing “sovereignty” concerns.

On Tuesday, Etihad Airlines flew the first direct commercial flight from the UAE to Israel carrying medical aid for the Palestinians. The two states lack formal relations, as is the case with many Arab countries and Israel. In recent years, Israel and the UAE have been brought closer together due to shared concerns about Iran.

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