Materials for building Turkish hospital reached Ashdod, will soon arrive in Gaza, Haniyeh says

Published 05.07.2017 00:00
Updated 05.07.2017 20:13
A 3-D model of the Turkish hospital to be built in Gaza AA Photo
A 3-D model of the Turkish hospital to be built in Gaza (AA Photo)

One of the senior leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh said late Wednesday that a ship carrying construction materials needed for building a Turkish hospital in Gaza has reached Israel's Ashdod port and will soon arrive in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

Funded by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), the Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital will be Gaza's largest when it becomes operational.

The hospital to be built by TİKA will be one of the biggest in the region.

In the illegally blockaded Gaza Strip, hundreds were injured in the 2014 Israeli air strikes.

Another ship sent by Turkey arrived in the Israeli port in June, carrying 10.000 tons of humanitarian aid.

Turkey has been vocally against the blockade illegally imposed by Israel on the Strip. The normalization of Turkish-Israeli diplomatic relations has been a relief for Palestinians as Turkey stepped up efforts to send humanitarian aid to the conflict-stricken Gaza.

Turkey's parliament approved the normalization deal on August 20, 2016.

Relations between Turkey and Israel declined in 2010 following an Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid ship en route to deliver humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. The raid killed 10 activists.

According to the agreement between the two countries, Israel paid $20 million as a compensation for lost lives during Mavi Marmara flotilla raid and Turkey dropped all cases against the incident.

Israeli soldiers will be exempt from legal and criminal responsibility and individual Israeli nationals also will not be held criminally or financially liable for the incident, according to the agreement.

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