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EU provides vehicles, equipment for Palestinian Civil Defense

June 10, 2015 11:13 P.M. (Updated: June 10, 2015 11:13 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union representative, John Gatt-Rutter, on Tuesday transferred 14 vehicles including five rapid response vehicles and nine administrative support vehicles to General Mahmoud Issa, the director general of the Palestinian Civil Defense. 

Twelve Mobile Lighting Masts and fifteen mobile electric generators were also delivered to facilitate rescue operations by the PCD at night. The transfer was part of a 3.7 million euro grant of equipment by the EU to the Palestinian Civil Defense.

"The Palestinian Civil Defence has shown itself to be an increasingly professional rescue force, able to serve the community in difficult circumstances. We have witnessed a remarkable development in its capacity over the past few years," Gatt-Rutter said in a statement. 

"The EU will continue to support the Palestinian Civil Defence in building and enhancing its resources in the service of the Palestinian people. The vehicles and equipment that we have provided today will make a real difference to the day to day rescue activities of the Palestinian Civil Defence. In a few months we will deliver another further practical support including 9 fire engines and 3 rescue trucks."
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