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West Bank shows solidarity, sends aid to Gaza

English.news.cn   2014-08-09 04:37:14

by Saud Abu Ramadan

RAMALLAH, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- As the Israeli military operation enters its fifth week, Palestinians in the West Bank are carrying out solidarity movement.

Recently, an independent group of some 200 volunteers called " Boats" collected humanitarian aids across the West Bank to help Gaza Strip's populations going through tragic and hard living conditions after one month of large-Israeli air and ground offensive, which claimed lives of about 1,900 Palestinians.

"We decided to carry out this campaign to collect humanitarian aid to the population of the Gaza Strip who are facing alone a tough Israeli military aggression," said Salma, one of the volunteers.

In the past month since the Israeli assault started, the group has already sent 10 shipments of aid to Gaza, including food, medicine and daily supplies.

Salma said that Israel put obstacles on their campaign, mainly by postponing the clearance of shipment to the Gaza Strip under the pretext of security.

"Packed food, children toys and other stuff are usually denied entrance by the Israelis," said Salma, adding that "it is our duty to help our people in the Gaza Strip and we call on every Palestinian in the West Bank and all over the world to do their best to help our people in Gaza."

According to United Nations figures, around one quarter of a million people fled their homes and took refuge to schools run by the international organization in the besieged coastal enclave. Other fleeing families took refuge in mosques, churches and houses of their relatives.

The UN started a campaign in the beginning of the offensive and demanded from the donor countries 60 million U.S. dollars to help hosting and feeding the fleeing families.

A similar group of young volunteers in Gaza receive the aid that come from the West Bank, where both groups coordinate through social media on the internet, and deliver it to the people who need it.

Khader Tarazi, a 24-year-old young Christian resident from Gaza and a volunteer said they receive trucks of aid collected from the West Bank and send it to the families, hospitals and clinics.

"The Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip who receive aid from the West Bank feel happy that all of us are united and the Israeli occupation is the one which divides our people into Gaza and West Bank," said Tarazi.

Israel launched a large-scale air and ground operation on the Gaza Strip in July 8, killing around 1,900 Palestinians and wounding almost 10,000, according to the Palestinian health ministry statement.

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