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The Hamas-led organizers of the violent Palestinian protests along the Gaza border have rejected a shipment of medical aid from Israel — despite widespread shortages of key supplies in the wake of deadly violence this week.
The Supreme Committee of the ‘Great Return March’ said Wednesday the Palestinians would not accept medicine “from the murderers of our people.” It accused Israel of “trying to improve its black image.”
A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated Hamas declined the shipment because the boxes had Hebrew letter written on them.
Israel is working to transfer the humanitarian aid to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom Crossing despite the continued Hamas-incited violence.
The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the Gaza DCO (District Coordinating Office) had joined together to send six trucks with medical equipment to Gaza. Four of the trucks were from the Palestinian Authority and the other two are from UNICEF.
In addition, in order to increase aid, two additional trucks with medical equipment were transferred by the IDF’s Technology and Logistics Division.
The aid packages included medical equipment: liquids, bandages, child care equipment, disinfectants and auxiliary equipment. This shipment of medical equipment was an addition to 53 tons of additional medical equipment that were coordinated this week.
Additionally, 20 examination tables, 100 patients’ nightshirts, 20 physical therapy treadmills, 25 IV poles, approx 85,000 disinfection pads & over 12,500 bandages were transferred. This was approx 40 pallets of medical equipment
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 15, 2018
In spite of Hamas’ attempts to breach the Gaza border & murder our prople, we’ve sent yesterday tons of medical supplies to Palestinians in #Gaza.
Hamas rejected them b/c the boxes had Hebrew writings on them.
Hamas doesn’t care about Palestinians at all. We all know that. pic.twitter.com/ISgoLaSpdq
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 16, 2018
Hamas is refusing the humanitarian aid that Gazans need pic.twitter.com/MK6eb00KNr
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 16, 2018
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem/Photo-Video Credit: IDF Spokesman Unit)