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Saudi Arabia sends oxygen tanks to Tunisia

The Saudi government also sent medical aid to Tunisia in July during the country's COVID-19 outbreak. Daily virus cases have since gone down in Tunisia.
Tunisians wait for their turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at an inoculation center in Ariana governorate near the capital Tunis on Aug. 8, 2021.

Saudi Arabia agreed to send more medical aid to Tunisia on Friday to help the country battle COVID-19.

King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud directed health authorities to provide medical oxygen and accompanying supplies to Tunisia. The package includes 3,000 oxygen tanks, 200 tons of liquid, five oxygen generators and more. The request came from Tunisian President Kais Saied, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Tunisia was recording historic highs of more than 8,000 coronavirus cases a day in July. The official numbers have since gone down considerably, and the North African state is averaging around 2,000 new infections per day, according to Reuters. Tunisia has a population of more than 11 million.

Tunisia has received medical aid from several Gulf and North African states amid the outbreak. The United Arab Emirates sent vaccine doses in July. Saudi Arabia along with Morocco and Egypt also sent aid last month.

The Saudi delivery indicates Riyadh’s willingness to cooperate with Saied following his purported coup attempt last month. The UAE has also dispatched assistance since the coup.

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