First plane of Palestinian children wounded in Gaza arrives in UAE

Medical personnel and officials move Mohammed Abu Tabikh, 14, who was wounded in the neck and spine during the Israel-Hamas war, from a plane to an ambulance on a stretcher in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 (AP Photo/Malak Harb)
Medical personnel and officials move Mohammed Abu Tabikh, 14, who was wounded in the neck and spine during the Israel-Hamas war, from a plane to an ambulance on a stretcher in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 (AP Photo/Malak Harb)

The first planeload of Palestinian children wounded in the Israel-Hamas war raging in the Gaza Strip has reached the United Arab Emirates, part of a pledged relief effort by the country to aid 1,000 children.

The group of 15 people, including children and their family members, made it across the Strip’s Rafah border crossing with Egypt yesterday. They then took a flight to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates.

Young children lay asleep on their moms’ laps as the plane finally landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Some of the seats of the plane were removed to make room for the most critically wounded children, who needed to lie on stretchers.

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