At least 200 wounded Gazans to be treated in Turkey

Monday, August 11, 2014

Turkey plans to take in at least 200 Gazans who are in need of treatment, announces Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkey plans to take in at least 200 Gazans who are in need of treatment, announces Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

ANKARA – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced Monday morning that Turkey plans to receive at least 200 Gazans who are in need of treatment.

FM Davutoglu's statement comes after four injured Gazans, including a child, were brought to Turkey for medical treatment early Monday morning.

"The wounded in Gaza cannot be treated due to the lack of electricity," Davutoglu said. "We want to help our brothers and sisters who are trying to pursue their lives in very difficult conditions."

Besides welcoming wounded Gazans for treatment, Turkey will also provide humanitarian aid to Gaza, said Davutoglu.

The foreign minister also stated that Turkey is working on negotiations on a permanent cease-fire between Gaza and Israel.

"We hope a lasting ceasefire will be held and agreed between Israel and Gaza," added FM Davutoglu.

Palestinian groups and Israel are currently observing a 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip that went into effect Sunday night at 2100GMT.

At least 1,939 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli attacks on Gaza since July 7, while more than 10,000 others have been injured.

According to Israeli figures, at least 64 soldiers were killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and three civilians in rocket attacks.

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