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Cablegate: Uaeg Medevacs Wounded Iraqis for Medical

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Diana T Fritz 05/24/2007 04:02:23 PM From DB/Inbox: Search Results

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UNCLASSIFIED

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM May 27, 2003


To: No Action Addressee

Action: Unknown

From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 2488 - UNKNOWN)

TAGS: EAID, PREL, PGOV, PHUM

Captions: None

Subject: UAEG MEDEVACS WOUNDED IRAQIS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT

Ref: None
_________________________________________________________________
UNCLAS ABU DHABI 02488

SIPDIS
CXABU:
ACTION: POL
INFO: AMB DCM P/M ECON RSO

DISSEMINATION: POL
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: DCM: RALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: ECON:CCRUMPLER
CLEARED: POL:SWILLIAMS

VZCZCADI027
OO RUEHC RUCNRAQ RUEKJCS RUMICEA RUEKJCS RUEHDI
RUEHKU
DE RUEHAD #2488 1470913
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 270913Z MAY 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0084
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUMICEA/USCINCCENT INTEL CEN MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHDI/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 3152
RUEHKU/AMEMBASSY KUWAIT 0857

UNCLAS ABU DHABI 002488

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP, NEA/RA, NEA/NGA, PRM/ANE, AND
IO/UNP
KUWAIT FOR HOC AND ORHA

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: DECL 05/27/08
TAGS: EAID PREL PGOV PHUM IZ TC
SUBJECT: UAEG MEDEVACS WOUNDED IRAQIS FOR MEDICAL
TREATMENT

REF: ABU DHABI 2303 AND PREVIOUS

1. (U) Summary and comment: The UAE Red Crescent
Authority facilitated 5/21 the medical evacuation from
Kuwait of more than two dozen wounded and sick Iraqi
civilians and their parental guardians. This was the
largest medical airlift of its kind of Iraqi wounded,
and fulfilled a long-standing pledge of UAE President
Shaykh Zayid Al-Nahyan to bring injured and sick
Iraqis to the UAE for free medical treatment. The UAE
Air Force has since conducted smaller evacuation
flights (three or four patients each) from Baghdad,
Mosul, and Basra, with Post's assistance. We applaud
the tireless efforts of the Humanitarian Operation
Center (HOC) in Kuwait, which oversaw the
identification and transport of patients to the
waiting UAE aircraft, and provided the required travel
documents for the Iraqis' entry into the UAE. End
summary and comment.

2. (U) Working in conjunction with various medical
NGOs in Iraq, the HOC identified and coordinated the
transportation of 27 patients and 15 parental
guardians to Kuwait International Airport (KIA) 24
hours prior to the airlift. The Iraqi patients were
then loaded aboard a UAE presidential Amiri Flight,
outfitted with 30 stretchers. According to our
colleagues in the HOC who observed the mission, the
UAE Red Crescent medical team immediately triaged the
patients, and began coordinating their medical
requirements in the UAE before the flight departed
Kuwait. Upon arrival to Abu Dhabi, the Red Crescent
transported the patients to the exclusive Al-Mafraq
Hospital -- considered one of the best hospitals in
the UAE. The UAE Health Ministry cleared an entire
ward for the patients -- seven of who remain in
intensive care -- and provided room and board for
family members.

3. (U) The patients come from all areas of Iraq --
some were transported from the critical care Spanish
medical ship in the Gulf -- and include men, women,
elderly, and more than 10 children. The Iraqis suffer
from various ailments, including war wounds (i.e.
shrapnel wounds, gun shot wounds, severe burns) as
well as diseases that require specialized treatment
not available in Iraq (i.e. cancers and tumors). One
child in particular, Ali Mousa Soudi -- suffering from
Cystic Hygroma X and requiring immediate laser surgery
-- has since become the darling of the UAE press
corps.

4. (SBU) Comment: It is unfortunate that the initial
headline about the airlift in the local newspapers
focused on Ali Mousa's father and his false claims
that the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait blocked efforts to
evacuate his family to the United States. Econoff
arranged for a phone call between the Al-Mafraq
pediatric surgeon and Ali Mousa's father the day
before the airlift, and he was convinced then that his
son would receive first-class medical treatment in the
UAE. Nevertheless, subsequent news articles here have
focused on the positive aspects of the medical airlift
and probably will continue to track the progress of
the Iraqi patients and their eventual return home.
End comment.

Wahba

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