The Joint Operations Command of the Ministry of Defense has announced the successful completion of “Operation Chivalrous Night 2” in Syria and Turkey following the devastating earthquake that struck both countries on 6 February. This year. The massive operation carried out under the guidance of President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, lasted five months and involved a collaborative effort by various national institutions, including the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Emirates. Red Crescent, Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, and Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.
Operation Shivalers Night 2 is one of the most successful integrated operations carried out by Emirati national institutions. The priorities were identified in coordination with the authorities in the affected countries, reflecting the UAE’s core humanitarian approach to supporting the underprivileged. The operation resulted in dozens of people being rescued from the rubble and 13,463 being treated. In addition, a massive humanitarian airlift of 15,164 tonnes of aid was carried out, with 260 flights carrying 6,912 tonnes of emergency supplies including tents, food and medicine.
In addition, 8,252 tonnes of humanitarian aid was transported using four cargo ships to deliver relief and reconstruction materials to the affected areas. The Joint Operations Command reaffirms its ongoing commitment to support Syria through the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC). With the transfer of all functions and activities to the dedicated team of ERC in the country, the construction of the housing units in the first project is 30% complete. The project with 1,000 housing units aims to provide safe shelter to people affected by the earthquake. Simultaneously, contracting is progressing for the second project, which includes 500 residential units, a clinic, a mosque and a commercial complex. Along with food and medical supplies, the continued provision of psychological and social support remains a top priority for the UAE.