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20 truckloads of medical supplies to arrive in Gaza from West Bank

Dec. 12, 2016 4:49 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2016 6:22 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Some 20 trucks carrying medical supplies from the occupied West Bank are set to arrive in the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awwad said in statement that medical supplies and medications were shipped on Monday in 20 trucks from the ministry’s warehouses in Nablus to the ministry’s warehouses in Gaza Strip by order of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Awwad added that the shipment included medication for cancer, hemophilia, and chronic diseases treatment, medical products for dialysis and kidney transplants, various antibiotics, medical laboratory supplies and supplies used in emergency and operating rooms.

The 20 trucks are expected to reach the ministry’s warehouses in Gaza by Tuesday at noon.

Awwad concluded the statement by adding that he visited the National Hospital in Nablus on Monday to oversee updates on the construction process of a new emergency department and intensive care unit which are set to be opened soon.

In October, the ministry shipped 31 truckloads of medicine and required medical aid to Gaza from Nablus.

The shipment included cancer medicine, arterial solutions, medication for treatment of kidney issues and hemophilia, lab material, basic daily use material, and emergency room medical equipment, among other materials.

In September, the World Bank said less than half of donor aid pledged to Gaza in the aftermath of 2014's devastating war had been disbursed.

Gaza's Ministry of Health warned last year that the lives of Gazans were at risk if the Israeli blockade continued.

The majority of the more than 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to the continuation of a near-decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

The destruction from three Israeli offensives over the past six years, including damage to the enclave’s water, sanitation, energy, and medical facilities, coupled with slow reconstruction due to the blockade led the UN in September to warn that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020.

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