Turkey Plans to Treat More Injured Gazans

Deputy prime minister says Turkey to bring in another 200 from Gaza for treatment, beyond the 25 already in the country.

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A Palestinian man, who was injured during Israeli operations in Gaza, being carried on a stretcher to an ambulance after arriving at Ankara's Esenboga airport on August 13, 2014.Credit: AFP

The Turkish Health Ministry is planning to bring 200 more Gazans injured during the Israel-Hamas conflict, said Turkey's Deputy PM Besir Atalay on Thursday, the Anadolu Agency reported.

"There are big challenges in bringing the injured to Turkey due to permission proceedings, and we planned on 40 injured people, but managed to bring 18 of them," Atalay told the press, according to the Turkish news agency. A Turkish armed forces plan airlifted the 18 injured Gazans, which reportedly included one pregnant woman and five children and their relatives, to Ankara for further medical treatment.

There are now 25 injured Palestinians being treated in Turkey.

Atalay said the Turkish disaster and emergency agency known as AFAD has sent $1.5 million medical supplies and food packages to Gaza to date, and that Turkey would continue to send aid in the form of beds, blankets and generators to Gaza, according to Anadolu.