Gaza collects Haiti aid, says it was similarly shaken by Israel
Gaza drive comes as West Bank-ruling PA says will also send Haiti aid in wake of deadly earthquake.
Palestinians in Gaza are offering donations and financial support for the victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake at the Strip's Red Cross headquarters, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported on Monday.
The Ma'an reported said that Gazan family members of Palestinians imprisoned in Israel also participated in the effort, offering financial donations and goods such as blankets and covers, as well as food and milk for children.
The report comes after the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank, said that it intended send humanitarian to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake which all but leveled the island's capital city, adding that it was working to ensure the safety of members of the Palestinian community residing on the island.
Head of the Committee to Break the Siege Jamal Al-Khudary said "people may be astonished at our ability to collect donations from our people [in Gaza]; we tell them that this is a humanitarian campaign and our people love life and peace ?"
"We are here today supporting the victims of Haiti ? we feel for them the most because we were exposed to our own earthquake during Israel?s war on Gaza."
The Red Cross director was only able to accept financial donations as transferring goods out of the Strip is near impossible, Al-Khudary added.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Haitians were still struggling on Monday to find food and shelter in the wake of last week's earthquake, as international aid agencies reported a severe lack in supplies despite the overwhelming demand.
"There is little sign of significant aid distribution," said a representative of the Geneva-based Doctors Without Borders.
The aid group also complained of skewed priorities and a supply bottleneck at the U.S.-controlled airport, and urged the U.S. military to be clear on its prioritization of medical supplies and equipment.
Also on Monday, the Israeli rescue team dispatched to search for people trapped in the rubble of the deadly earthquake were said to have ceased their efforts, deeming the chances of finding more survivors after four days very slim.
The Home Front Command's delegation will remain on hand on Thursday to deliver any necessary medical aid.
Earlier Monday, UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said he planned to ask the Security Council to temporarily increase the UN's force. There are currently about 7,000 UN military peacekeepers and 2,100 international police in Haiti.
The troop increase and an expected request to the UN for more peacekeepers were coming a day after sporadic violence and looting in Port-au-Prince underscored how an uptick in water and food deliveries still fell far short of demand.
"We don't need military aid. What we need is food and shelter," one young man yelled at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his visit to the city Sunday. "We are dying," a woman told him, explaining she and her five children didn't have any food.
Haitian riot police meanwhile fired tear gas to disperse crowds of looters in the city's downtown as several nearby shops burned. Police stopped reporters from heading into the center of Port-au- Prince around LaVille, near the presidential palace, because of shooting and riots.
"They are shooting everybody, journalists, policemen. There are the bad guys," said one Haitian police officer said.