Poland sends humanitarian aid to Iraq

Poland has sent to Iraq blankets, operating aprons, towels and sheets as part of an aid operation, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote in a Wednesday press release.

"Today, we are once again fulfilling our international and human duty to share what we can with a country facing difficulties in the aftermath of the ISIS war and the current Covid-19 pandemic," the ministry wrote in a communique.

The ministry added that the material aid, prepared by Poland's Material Reserves Agency, is to support Iraq's medical services in providing necessary assistance to the people of Iraq.

A similar aid transport for residents of Iraqi Kurdistan is planned in the near future, wrote the ministry.

In June and July of last year, Poland, responding to Iraq's appeal for support delivered, via the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre, 50,000 protective masks and 1,000 litres of disinfecting liquid, reads the communique.

The ministry added that Poland's aid is also addressed to its neighbours and friends whose epidemiological situation is equally difficult. Poland provided aid to Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan as well as to the countries of the South Caucasus and the Western Balkans.

During the pandemic, Polish paramedics and doctors were sent to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Poland also provided assistance to people living in Lebanon, both in connection with the epidemic situation and after the August 2020 explosion in the port of Beirut. Necessary assistance was also extended to Sudan after the country was hit by floods in September of last year.