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WHO supplies Gaza with crucial medication

Sept. 7, 2018 10:56 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 9, 2018 9:51 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the besieged Gaza Strip said, on Friday, that the World Health Organization (WHO) began sending the first patch of psychological medications to the ministry in Gaza.

Spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra said that the lack of these psychological medications has caused serious health and social implications.

Al-Qidra added that the first patch arriving includes seven types of crucial psychological medications.

The second patch of medications is expected to arrive into the Gaza Strip next week.

The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli blockade for 11 years; there three crossings into the Gaza Strip; two are controlled by Israel and one by Egypt. The Gaza-Israel crossings are the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, that is specifically for pedestrians, and Kerem Shalom in the southern Gaza Strip for the entry of goods and fuel. The Gaza-Egypt crossing is the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, but is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.

The Israeli authorities had partially reopened the Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing, on Thursday, following its closure a day before, in response to protests that took place near the border crossing on Tuesday.

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