Finally nations are begining to trickle in medical aid to Gaza after 2 weeks of slaughter

Relief aid diversified as more donations arrive

By Omar Obeidat 12th January 2009

AMMAN – Bottled water, bread and kidney dialysis units have been added to the shopping lists of parties donating to help Gazans survive the humanitarian crisis caused by continued Israeli offensive.

The 15-truck convoy dispatched by the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) on Sunday was loaded with three kidney dialysis units and a ventilator, while two vehicles carried bread and a third was loaded with bottled drinking water, according to JHCO Spokesperson Mohammad Kilani.

Kilani said that the convoy also included trucks laden with 1,000 blood and 1,000 plasma units.

Also yesterday, the JHCO received an airplane carrying 14 tonnes of medicine and medical equipment donated by the Brazilian government, which will be dispatched to Gaza on Tuesday, the official told The Jordan Times on Sunday.

“The organisation contacted embassies of several countries and we expect to receive their shipments soon,” Kilani noted, adding that since December 27, the JHCO sent a total of eight aid convoys.

JHCO Chairman HRH Prince Rashid, who saw the convoy off at King Hussein Bridge, said that under His Majesty King Abdullah’s directives, the organisation will continue sending relief convoys to Palestinians in the besieged enclave on a daily basis, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Petra also reported that a team of Jordanian doctors on Sunday entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing to assist those injured in the Israeli aggression on the strip.

Jordan Medical Association (JMA) President Zuheir Abu Fares was quoted as saying the team, comprising seven specialised physicians, crossed the Egyptian border into Gaza to join the Palestinian doctors in treating casualties resulting from the continued Israeli attacks.

The doctors’ mission is part of the campaign carried by the National Forum for Professional Associations and National Parties in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza facing the Israeli offensive, currently in its third week.

The Jordanian team of doctors is headed by JMA Secretary General Bassem Kaswani.

Meanwhile, the Jordanian Publishers Union donated yesterday an ambulance in addition to cash donations by its members, according to Petra.

Also Sunday, the Japanese embassy in Amman announced that Tokyo decided on Friday to extend emergency grant aid worth $8 million to UNRWA in response to the organisation’s emergency appeal for Gaza. This assistance, the embassy said in a statement, is part of a package of $10 million announced on January 8 by Prime Minister Taro Aso.

The assistance, which mainly consists of food commodities, is meant to help improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza. According to the size of the family, a food basket containing rice, sugar, oil, milk and other necessary commodities will be distributed among the most needy.


~ by no2wars on 12/01/2009.

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