Mohammed Dahlan, a longtime rival of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, sent 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to the Gaza Strip from the United Arab Emirates.

According to a report by AFP, the vaccines arrived on Wednesday.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Mahmoud Hammad said the Russian-made Sputnik V COVID-19 doses were the largest shipment yet of vaccines to Gaza. They passed through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

Dahlan is based in the UAE; in the past, he served as security chief under Abbas.

He has organized similar aid shipments to Gaza as he seeks to promote his image among Palestinian citizenry.

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