First Time, UAE Plane to Land in Israel

DUBAI (Reuters/Hamodia) -
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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways on Tuesday operated a cargo flight carrying humanitarian supplies for the Palestinians from the UAE to Israel, an airline spokeswoman said.

It marks the first known flight by a state-owned UAE airline to Israel.

“Etihad Airways operated a dedicated humanitarian cargo flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv on 19 May to provide medical supplies to the Palestinians. The flight had no passengers on board,” the spokeswoman said.

The cargo plane was scheduled to land Tuesday night at 9:25 p.m., in coordination with the World Food Program and the Israeli government, according to The Times of Israel.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the story.