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Turkish medical aid reaches Gaza

Turkey's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has delivered €250,000 worth of medical aid to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza in the framework of its "Be the Remedy for Gaza" campaign.

In a statement issued yesterday, IHH announced that the "Be the Remedy for Gaza" will continue as part of the foundation's Ramadan activities.

The statement noted that the people of Gaza are "left helpless in the face of Israeli attacks and the blockade and are waiting for medicines. Due to Israel's blockade, Gaza is unable to reach 65 per cent of the medication it is in need of."

Medical supplies delivered by IHH to Gaza include surgical threads, anaesthetics and painkillers. IHH also distributed food baskets and iftar meals to the people of Gaza. The foundation's teams handed 3,900 food baskets to various aid organisations so that they could distribute them to needy families in the Strip.

In a related context, the Vice President of Turkish charity Green Crescent, Karam Qanq announced that his organisation has launched an aid campaign for Gaza and is also planning to send a team of surgeons to the war-ravaged Strip.

Qanq told the Anadolu news agency that Israeli raids on Gaza have resulted in the death of 200 Palestinians, including 38 children and 150 women, as well as the injury of 1,500 who include 400 children and 250 women. Israeli attacks have also destroyed 1,500 houses and led to the displacement of 9,000 Palestinians.

Qanq noted that around 20,000 people had to leave their homes and live in UNRWA schools. He also said that 600,000 have no access to drinking water as a result of the damage inflicted on water wells and networks.

"Yesterday seven trucks loaded with $200,000 worth of medical supplies and medicines entered Gaza, and now we are working on delivering medical supplies and medicines worth $1 million," he said.

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