Saturday, April 24, 1999 Published at 14:17 GMT 15:17 UK
World: Middle East
Gulf Arabs aid Kosovo refugees
UAE servicemen are helping with the humanitarian airlift in Albania
By Frank Gardner in Dubai
In Saudi Arabia, a country still in the grips of an economic downturn, citizens have donated more than $20m in cash as well as food and medical supplies.
The UAE has also sent a mobile medical team to the region to treat exhausted Kosovo refugees, using mobile clinics equipped with X-rays.
The head of the UAE's mission in Albania said that work was beginning on renovating a disused Albanian airport so it could take planes carrying up to 15 tons of supplies.
The Saudi-based Organisation of Islamic Conference has been urging its 55 member states to increase their humanitarian support for the refugees.
Anger at Serb attacks
When the Nato attacks on Yugoslavia began a month ago, they were roundly praised by some of the local Gulf press.
As the Kosovo refugees continue to suffer, many here would now welcome an intervention on the ground.
But with the US and Britain already seen by some as the aggressors in Iraq, there is also a reluctance to support a unilateral Western action that would lack the backing of the UN.