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Palestinian medical aid team heads to hurricane hit Caribbean

People repair damaged buildings in the northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on 11 September, 2017 [Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency]
People repair damaged buildings in the northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on 11 September, 2017 [Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad announced yesterday that a Palestinian medical team had travelled to the Caribbean to offer help to people hit by the category five hurricane, Raya.ps reported.

In a statement, the minister said the team travelled on Sunday on the orders of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.

A number of other Palestinian teams also travelled to the Caribbean including specialists in safety measures, first aid and emergency treatment.

The medical team consists of a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, chest and vascular surgeon and orthopedic surgeon, the statement said.

Guest Writer: Palestine and the Caribbean

A medical team had previously been sent to help Mexico after it was struck by Hurricane Irma.

Several Palestinian groups have criticised the measure and said Abbas should have sent medical aid to his people in the Gaza Strip instead of depriving them from medicines and medical disposals, as well as medical treatment referrals.

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