Iraq Sends 60 Trucks of Food, Medicine to Palestinians
Sanctions-hit Iraq dispatched 60 trucks of food and medicine to the Palestinian territories Thursday, the Palestinian representative in Baghdad told AFP.
Trade Minister Mohammad Mehdi Saleh waved off the convoy from Faluja, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital, for Jordan from where the goods will be shipped to the Palestinians.
Palestinian representative Najah Abdel Rahman said the trucks were carrying 2,500 tons of flour, rice, sugar, oil and baby milk, all products Iraq has strictly rationed to its own population since the 1991 Gulf war.
President Saddam Hussein said Tuesday the aid was "a commitment from Iraq (to the Palestinians) because we are the same people sharing food and medicines."
Iraq has offered five million euros (4.2 million dollars) to the relatives of those killed by Israel in the three weeks of clashes, and to treat some of the wounded in its hospitals.
More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes -- BAGHDAD (AFP)
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