Qatar Launches Blood Drive in Aid of Wounded Palestinians
A week-long blood drive was launched in Qatar Wednesday in aid of Palestinians wounded in the past week of deadly clashes with Israeli security forces, Health Minister Hajar Ahmed Hajar al-Benali said.
The minister, who was the first to donate blood, also said the Qatari government had agreed to provide hospital treatment for 10 of the hundreds of Palestinians wounded in the clashes.
A Qatar Airways flight would take medical aid and a team of five specialist doctors to the Palestinian territories and bring the wounded back to Qatar, he said.
The flight will not depart until Sunday, he said, because the Palestinian authorities had said it would take 72 hours to get necessary authorization for the flight.
Meanwhile, Qatar said Wednesday that it favored holding an emergency Arab summit as soon as possible to discuss the "savage Israeli agressions" against the Palestinians.
The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrainn and Yemen have also said they favor the summit, which was proposed by Egypt and Syria -- DOHA (AFP)
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