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Source: Jordan
29 August 2007

Relief aid dispatched to Palestine

AMMAN, August 29 (JT) -
Upon His Majesty King Abdullah's directives, urgent medical assistance was dispatched Tuesday to the West Bank and Gaza Strip to help address a shortage in medicines and medical supplies.

The JD250,000 medical aid will be handed over to Al Maqased Hospital in Jerusalem and several Gaza Strip hospitals, particularly Al Shifaa Hospital.

Secretary General of the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) Abdul Salam Abbadi, whose agency is in charge of Jordan's external relief aid, said the assistance includes large quantities of drugs and medical supplies.

Abbadi told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that more aid convoys will be dispatched to the Palestinians in days, apart from medical and food assistance planned to be sent during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Chairman of JHCO's Board of Trustees HRH Prince Rashid saw off the convoy.

According to Abbadi, a total of 228 aid convoys have been sent to the Palestinian territories upon Royal directives over the past three years, at a total cost of JD50 million.

Last year, King Abdullah ordered equipping Al Shifaa Hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, with two dialysis units. The facility has been struggling with severeshortages of medicines and medical equipment due to economic hardships and political turmoil.
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