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Palestine to send medics, aid to Ecuador after deadly earthquake

April 17, 2016 6:05 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2016 8:18 P.M.)
A medic cleans a wound caused by a tear gas canister that hit the leg of an older protester on Oct. 13, 2015 (MaanImages/Sheren Khalel, File)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian medical team will leave the occupied West Bank on Monday to help victims of a deadly earthquake in Ecuador, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

A powerful earthquake of a magnitude of 7.8 hit the South American country on Sunday, killing at least 77 people and injuring hundreds.

Health Minister Jawad Awwad said in a statement that he had received instructions from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to send medics and medical equipment to Ecuador.

Awwad added that the Ministry of Health arranged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the departure of a team of medics as well as medicines and medical equipment on Monday.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said a team of 15 Palestinian emergency and disaster medics would leave for Ecuador on Monday.

Al-Maliki added that Palestine and Ecuador have always shared a strong bond and been supportive of one another. Despite its limited resources and capabilities, Palestine would always try to help other countries hit by calamities, he added.
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