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Equipment for Building Hospital Enters Gaza within Israel-Hamas Understandings

Equipment for Building Hospital Enters Gaza within Israel-Hamas Understandings

Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 - 09:15
A Gaza woman waits at Rafah for a travel permit to cross into Egypt, June 14. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)

A Hamas source has confirmed that equipment for building an international hospital arrived Tuesday in the Gaza Strip through Kerem Shalom border crossing. The move came as part of a ceasefire understandings reached a couple of months ago with Israel under the auspices of Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations.

Alongside, a US delegation of volunteers arrived in the Gaza Strip shortly after through Erez Crossing to supervise the construction of the hospital.

In July, the Palestinian government declared that it doesn’t object over establishing a field hospital in Gaza but under the condition of coordinating with it.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ashtiyeh stated then that no one coordinated with the government about the hospital, to be funded by a private US institution and with Israeli approval on the northern border of Gaza.

Ashtiyeh explained that the PA doesn’t know the funding institution or its affiliations, however, it is willing to discuss the project.

The PM stressed that any activity in Gaza Strip should serve the Palestinian interest and facilitate people in light of the worsening situation there.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement that the government's attempts to interfere with the establishment of the hospital comes in the framework of continuing attempts to pressure Gazans and exacerbate their crises.

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