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First-ever bi-communal humanitarian mission to Gaza

By Stefanos Evripidou

PREPARATIONS are underway to send the first ever humanitarian mission of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot doctors, nurses and volunteers to Gaza, it transpired yesterday.

DISY MEP Eleni Theocharous and peace activist Deniz Birinci yesterday met with the Palestinian Ambassador to Cyprus Walid Hasan to express their solidarity to the Palestinian people.

“Our move is purely humanitarian in nature with no political dimension. The people of Gaza are not responsible for the suffering caused by the dictatorial and extreme Islamic organisation Hamas and Israel’s disproportionate response,” said Theocharous.

The Palestinian people are “helpless”, said Theocharous, adding, “We Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot activists will try to carry out a medical mission to Gaza to transport mainly pharmaceutical supplies and surgical consumables”.

She said volunteer doctors in Cyprus had requested to go to Gaza before Israel’s land incursion into Gaza to help Palestinian doctors but were refused entry.
Theocharous told the Cyprus News Agency that efforts had been made in the past to carry out joint humanitarian missions with Turkish Cypriot doctors which did not come to fruition. It appears this time it will happen, she said.

Birinci, who ran on a bicommunal platform in the May 2014 European Parliament elections, said the joint humanitarian aid campaign aims to collect medical and pharmaceutical supplies, surgical consumables as well as clothing and food items from both communities on the island.

Meanwhile the Palestinian Embassy in Nicosia has appealed for donations to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.  According to the announcement, bank accounts have been opened to collect money to provide medical care, food, shelter, fuel and electricity.
The Gaza Appeal international bank accounts were opened at the Bank of Palestine, Ramallah Branch 2215199.
International donations can be made in the following accounts:
Dollar Account: PS29PALS045822151990013001000;
Euro Account: PS34PALS045822151990333001000;
Shekel Account: PS14PALS045822151990993001000;
Jordanian Dinar: PS94PALS045822151990293001000.

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