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EU aid flights head to Ebola-hit West Africa

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EU aid flights head to Ebola-hit West Africa


The first EU-backed flight carrying humanitarian aid has set off for Sierra Leone.

EU officials announced on Tuesday that that would be three such flights each carrying 100 tons of supplies and equipment.

The other two will travel to Guinea and Sierra Leone respectively.

The four million euros of EU funding will be given to UNICEF, allowing the flights to go ahead.

The EU is also setting up a system for the evacuation of international staff from the affected countries if they become infected.

It will allow patients to be flown within 48 hours to European hospitals “that are equipped to deal with the disease”, according to the European Commission.

The EU executive says it has pledged 180 million euros to fight the Ebola crisis, which has claimed nearly 3,500 lives.

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