Palestine declines UAE's anti-coronavirus aid shipment, citing lack of coordination

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RAMALLAH, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Palestine on Thursday rejected an anti-coronavirus aid shipment from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that arrived in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv earlier this week.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye explained that the shipment was not coordinated with the Palestinian side.

"We have heard that a plane carrying aid has arrived in Israel, but it was not coordinated with us and no one contacted us," Ishtaye said.

According to Palestinian sources, the UAE's plane arrived in Israel on Tuesday in coordination with the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mladenov said the UAE sent 16 tons of medical aid to help the Palestinians fight COVID-19.

When the aid plane arrived in Tel Aviv, Israeli public radio reported that it is the first time a plane from the Gulf countries has landed in Israel, as there are no official diplomatic relations between the two sides. Enditem

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