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Bahrain aid shipment poised to leave for Gaza

This is the kingdom's first aid mission this year but not the last, says charity official.

Bahrain aid shipment poised to leave for Gaza
GAZA FLOTILLA: Palestinians await the arrival of the Freedom Flotilla which was later attacked by Israeli commandos last month. (Getty Images)

A $2m aid shipment of medical supplies is set to leave Bahrain on Monday bound for Gaza, it has been reported.

Forty tonnes of medical equipment and medicines will be airlifted from the kingdom to El Arish airport in Egypt, from where it will make a road trip into Gaza, Gulf Daily News reports.

Egypt re-opened its border crossing with Gaza shortly after an attack last month by Israeli commandos on Gaza aid flotillas, in which nine people were killed.

The aid will be distributed in Gaza with the help of Egyptian and the Palestinian Red Crescent societies, as well as Bahraini Ambassador to Egypt, the paper reports.

"This is Bahrain's first contribution this year and it is not going to be the last," Dr Mustafa Al Sayed, the secretary-general of the Royal Charity Organisation told the paper.

The funds were collected through contributions from companies and private donations, according to the report.

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David 9 years ago

Congratulations to Bahrain in showing the leadership and humanitarian qualities to send this aid ( by air!) to Gaza via Egypt. Let us hope it is an example that the broader Arab world and indeed the West will follow. The suffering of these people is intolerable to all right minded people of whatever race or creed . Well done Bahrain !

Sajid Ali Khan 9 years ago

The all-Arab renaissance, with worldwide applause, should free Palestine within secure internationally recognised borders to prosper. S A Khan

Sajid Ali Khan 9 years ago

Good, but will it will, of course, be better to send direct to an airport or seaport within Gaza asap for easier access to Bahrain's medical supplies AND to make jobs for Palestinians for handling these goods. S A Khan