Situation in the Middle East
Paris, January 23, 2009
Inside the Gaza Strip, a team of 16 French doctors has been at the Khan Yunis European hospital since Wednesday. It has joined the teams already there and has been carrying out operations since Wednesday morning.
Humanitarian freight comprising containers of medicines and 20 generators transported via Israel entered the Gaza Strip at the Kerem Shalom crossing point on Wednesday, 21 January. It was immediately handed over to the World Health Organization.
The other part of the freight transported via Israel and destined for UNRWA was cleared through customs on Wednesday and should reach Gaza via Kerem Shalom on Sunday, 25 January. This freight consists of essentials (blankets, shovels, jerrycans), water purification equipment and food.
The humanitarian freight bound for Gaza via Egypt is also arriving in the Gaza Strip. All the equipment and supplies from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Secours Islamique [Islamic Relief Worldwide] and the Ministry of Health reached Gaza via Rafah on Wednesday, 21 January.
Totalling about 37 tonnes (7 lorry loads), this consists of medicines for the European Khan Yunes hospital and Red Crescent hospital and medical supplies, blankets, toiletries and foldable tanks.
The Sécurité civile (French emergency services) teams tasked with installing water purification and distribution plants arrived yesterday in the Gaza Strip. They are currently assessing the best places to install them.
We reiterate our request to the Israeli authorities to lift all the blockades at the crossing points to allow through the emergency humanitarian aid for the Gazans./.