Turkey plans to treat more injured Gazans

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Turkish Health Ministry is planning to bring at least 200 Gazans injured in Israel's attacks in the Gaza Strip

Turkish Health Ministry is planning to bring at least 200 Gazans injured in Israel's attacks in the Gaza Strip

ANKARA - Turkish Health Ministry is planning to bring 200 more Gazans injured in Israel's relentless attacks in the Gaza Strip, said Turkey's Deputy PM Besir Atalay on Thursday.

"There are big challenges in bringing the injured to Turkey due to permission proceedings, and we planned on 40 injured people, but managed to bring 18 of them," Atalay told press members.

On Wednesday, a Turkish Armed Forces plane airlifted 18 injured Gazans, including one pregnant woman and five children along with their relatives, to the capilal Ankara for further medical treatment.

The new group of wounded were taken to Istanbul and Ankara brought the total number of injured Palestinians in Turkey to 25.

Atalay also touched on intensified humanitarian aid delivered by Turkish agencies and said Turkish disaster and emergency agency (AFAD) has sent $1.5 million medical supplies and food packages to Gaza so far. 

Turkey's aid, also including bed, blanket, and generators, will continue to flow into Gaza, Atalay added. 

At least 1,959 Palestinians have been killed – the vast majority of them civilians – and more than 10,000 injured in devastating Israeli attacks since July 7.

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