GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian health ministry in the Gaza Strip received on Wednesday 8.5 tons of medical supplies provided by the Turkish Red Crescent.
The Turkish medical shipment is worth $274,000 and includes medicines for the treatment of chronic diseases such as cancer and kidney failure.
During a news conference held in Gaza, Red Crescent official Seljuk Ozturk stated that the Turkish organization has a permanent office in Gaza and provides different kinds of medical assistance for the population.
Last May, the Turkish Red Crescent sent medical supplies worth some $100,000 to its Palestinian counterpart following a distress call from Gaza.
The Gaza Strip continues to groan under a decade-long Israeli blockade that has gutted the territory’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic commodities, including food, fuel and medicine.