Report: Gaza medical aid is expired

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 21, 2010 13:59

"They're bringing more harm than good," with broken supplies.




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Palestinians claim that most of the medicines sent into Gaza are past their expiration date, Al-Jazeera reported on Wednesday.

"They're bringing more harm than good," the article explained, describing expired medicines and broken supplies sent by different countries and organizations.

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Mounir el-Barash, director of the donations department in Gaza's Ministry of Health told al-Jazeera that only 30% of the aid sent into the Gaza Strip is used.

Gaza officials also expressed anger at receiving burial shrouds for children from Arab countries.

Israel eased its blockade in late June, allowing more civilian aid into the Gaza Strip. Earlier this week, aid from the Libyan flotilla was reportedly brought to Gaza.

The Defense Ministry’s coordinator of government activities in the territories (COGAT) also gave initial approval to international organizations for 31 construction projects in the Gaza Strip in July, including medical clinics.


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