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Bahrain sends $1m aid to Gaza

A $1 million (BD378,000) aid consignment left Bahrain on board two planes for Gaza yesterday.

The initiative was supervised by the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO), chaired by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, following the directives of His Majesty King Hamad to form a national committee aimed at offering assistance to Palestinians in Gaza.

Eighty tonnes of medicine and food supplies were sent by the RCO in co-operation with the Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) and the Palestinian Embassy.

Society deputy secretary-general Sadiq Al Shehabi said the consignment would travel to Al Areesh Airport, Egypt, where it will be received by officials from Bahrain, Egypt and Palestine.

"Bahrain's Ambassador to Egypt, Khalil Al Thawadi, will head the delegation receiving the two planes along with Egyptian Foreign Ministry and Red Crescent Society representatives," he said.

"The delegation, in co-operation with the Palestine Red Crescent Society, will make sure the consignment reaches those who are in need."

Two Bahraini volunteers from the society are travelling on board the planes to make sure the supplies get to Gaza without any trouble.

"Adel Al Jar and Abdulla Saleh, who are members of the society, volunteered to accompany the consignment to make sure it is handed over to officials there who will take care of the distribution," he said.

Mr Al Shehabi said that the aid consisted of medical equipment for hospitals such as tools for surgery and emergency supplies along with antibiotics and food supplies for families.

"We are trying to give as much as we can through this committee and make sure it reaches our Palestinian brothers in Gaza as soon as possible," he said.

"This work would not have been possible without the directives of King Hamad and Shaikh Nasser as well as the co-operation of everyone who made this consignment possible."

Mr Al Shehabi also thanked Palestine Red Crescent Society chairman Professor Mamdooh Jabr, who he said contributed to the success of the consignment reaching the airport.

He said the aid was only the beginning and the committee, headed by Shaikh Nasser, would be holding meetings for more consignments to be sent.

"We are meeting regularly to support this case. We are now working to get donations from residents who want to be part of this humanitarian drive to help Palestinians," said Mr Al Shehabi.

He said that another consignment could be on the way within days if work was carried out as soon as possible.

This consignment is among more than 30 similar initiatives by other countries that have landed in Al Areesh Airport in support of the Palestinians in Gaza.

l MP Nasser Al Fadhala, head of the Bahrain's delegation to an emergency meeting of the Arab Inter-parliamentary Union in Lebanon, affirmed the kingdom's stance in support of the Palestinian people and their cause.

He saluted Arab nations for their policies towards their Palestinian brethren and called for more support for the people of Gaza. Speaking at the emergency session, Mr Al Fadhala said the Israeli attacks were aimed at weakening the will of the Palestinian resistance.

basma@gdn.com.bh



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