More Gazans brought to Istanbul for treatment

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Turkey is airlifting around 200 wounded Gazans, the first of whom arrived Monday and Tuesday from Egypt to receive treatment at an Istanbul hospital

Turkey is airlifting around 200 wounded Gazans, the first of whom arrived Monday and Tuesday from Egypt to receive treatment at an Istanbul hospital

ISTANBUL - Three more injured Palestinians during Israel's offensive against the Gaza Strip have been brought to Istanbul for treatment from Egypt on Tuesday.

The wounded men Mohammed Abu-Dayya, Ali Alangar and Hassan Asualeya were flown to a public hospital in coordination with Turkey's international development agency (TIKA) and Turkish Health Ministry. 

One of them is severely injured, officials said. 

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced Monday morning that Turkey plans to receive at least 200 Gazans who are in need of treatment, some of whom are coming from Egypt. According to one TIKA representative, part of the wounded will be brought directly from Palestine. 

Earlier on Monday four injured Gazans, including a child, were brought to Turkey for medical treatment.

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

At least 1,943 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 10,000 others injured in relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since July 7.

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

Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian factions are currently observing a three-day cease-fire that started Monday to coincide with indirect talks in Cairo aimed at reaching a durable ceasefire.

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