Israel transfers Turkish medical supplies to Gaza

Bandaging, medicine donated by Turkey enters Strip through Erez crossing; COGAT Spokesman: Efforts of this kind made on a daily basis.

June 16, 2011 18:26
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Israel on Thursday transferred a truckload of medical supplies, bandages and medicine donated by the Turkish Red Crescent.

The supplies entered Israel through the Allenby Bridge from Jordan and were sent through the Erez crossing into the Strip.

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Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot, head of the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories (COGAT) unit, authorized the transfer of medical equipment and medicine to Gaza Strip hospitals, sent as part of activities conducted by Turkish humanitarian organizations. The COGAT spokesperson said of the transfer, “Efforts of this kind are made on a daily basis in all levels and areas,” including health, education, agriculture and infrastructure.

The statement noted that the Turkish authorities operate “in full coordination and in adherence to the appropriate procedures.”

There has been a shortage of medicine in the Strip due to an internal dispute in the Palestinian medical system, Israel Radio reported. However, COGAT, in a press release, stressed that the delivery of Turkish aid is completely normative and takes place on a daily basis. The deliver, it said, “is not a result of the medicine crisis in Gaza.”

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