AIRPLANE: A plane from Europe and Asia takes off to help Africa airlifting flights.
WASHINGTON (AP) Airplanes of the European Union and Asia will take off from Brussels to help support African airlift flights in the coming weeks, including flights to Djibouti, Senegal, Ghana and Liberia.
The flights were approved by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
They will provide assistance in emergencies such as Ebola, water shortages and flood emergencies.
Guterres also announced a commitment of $2 billion to support African military training in the region.
The European Union flew a C-130 Hercules transport plane and a Cessna 172 to Djibo, Senegal on Monday, the first flights by the EU to Djiba since the start of the Ebola pandemic.
EU ministers also visited Djiboutsi and Ghana on Tuesday to meet with the military chiefs of those countries.
In January, the EU lifted its travel ban to Djibe with a $1.5 billion commitment, but flights to the African country are still prohibited.
Africa needs more than 5,000 troops, as the continent grapples with more than 7,000 Ebola deaths and over 4,000 cases of other deadly infections, according to the World Health Organization.
The United States and other Western nations have been supplying troops in Africa, but they have been under pressure from African governments and their own troops.
The EU and other partners have pledged to send 1,500 troops by the end of March.
Last month, the European Commission pledged $500 million in aid for Djibadea.
The country is on the front line of fighting Ebola, which is spreading in parts of the Horn of Africa, a major source of foreign aid for the West.