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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

UAE medical team arrives in Mogadishu to supervise treatment of bombing victims

Several victims have been admitted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Mogadishu for urgent treatment

Medical staff escort a Somali wounded in a truck bomb attack in Mogadishu before transporting him for treatment. Mohammed Abdiwahab / AFP
Medical staff escort a Somali wounded in a truck bomb attack in Mogadishu before transporting him for treatment. Mohammed Abdiwahab / AFP

A second medical team from the UAE has landed in Mogadishu to ensure the treatment of 100 Somalis injured in a massive truck bomb on October 14.

Last week, President Sheikh Khalifa said the UAE would cover treatment costs for the victims and ordered the delivery of urgent medical supplies to hospitals in Somalia to help increase their capacities to treat the injured.

The aid was also sent in response to directives from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and with the support of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra and President of Emirates Red Crescent.

Upon its arrival to the capital, the medical team assessed the condition of the injured and a several victims were admitted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Mogadishu for urgent medical treatment .

Arrangements are also being made to transfer more serious cases to hospitals in neighbouring Kenya, in co-ordination with the Emirates Red Crescent Office in Mogadishu, the UAE Embassy, and health authorities in Somalia and Kenya.

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Next Monday, a UAE mobile air hospital team, equipped with medical and therapeutic equipment, medicines and supplies, will fly to Mogadishu to provide medical assistance for the wounded and transport them to Kenya.

Meanwhile, a UAE relief team has continued to distribute humanitarian and food aid to families affected by the bombing.

More than 300 people were killed and scores are still missing after one of the world's deadliest attacks in years hit the Somali capital more then one week ago.

The same day, members of the UAE diplomatic mission at the UAE Embassy in Mogadishu donated blood to help those injured.

The Sheikh Zayed Hospital in the capital also received dozens of the wounded with medical staff treating various injuries, news agency Wam reported.

The UAE provides significant support to Somalia, especially in humanitarian, educational, and health fields.