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Palestine sends medical supplies to Venezuela amid growing economic crisis

Aug. 20, 2017 7:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2017 12:47 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority (PA) sent on Sunday three trucks loaded of medical supplies to be delivered to Venezuela, following an order from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki told Ma’an the trucks were sent off on Sunday from warehouses in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, adding that Abbas’ decision to donate the medications to Venezuela was made in response to requests made by the Venezuelan government.

Al-Malki said that the Palestinian government wants to “repay what it can for what the Venezuelan government has presented to the Palestinian people,” citing the donation of 15 million dollars that was used to construct an eye hospital in the Ramallah-area village of Turmus Ayya.

Minister of Health Jawad Awad said that the donations were comprised of three trucks loaded with medical supplies.

Venezuela has been suffering a crippling economic crisis that has led to high food prices, food shortages, and a lack of basic goods.

However, the decision to send medical aid to the South American country was derided by Palestinians and Israelis alike, as the PA has been accused of slashing the delivery of medical supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip -- as part of a number of widely-criticized policies aimed at wresting control of the territory from Hamas, despite an already dire humanization situation in the enclave. 

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