Thursday, August 7, 2014

Turkish efforts to create air bridge to Gaza to help wounded civilians




ANKARA, (PIC)-- Turkey has started talks with Israel and Egypt about creating an air corridor to provide humanitarian aid for the war-torn Gaza Strip and evacuate thousands of injured Palestinians for medical treatment in Turkey, foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.
"We are talking with both Egypt and Israel to have an air bridge to send humanitarian assistance to Gaza. If permission is given, our air ambulances will be carrying these passengers," Davutoglu told Reuters in an interview.
He also said that he spoke with president Mahmoud Abbas and agreed with him on the need to help thousands of injured people urgently.
"They need urgent medical therapy, and we have already allocated places in our hospitals for them," he said.
The foreign minister noted that if his country's efforts to airlift the injured from Gaza faltered, it would establish a field hospital in the region to help them, adding that there are Turkish efforts to extend the ceasefire in Gaza and provide the population with other vital needs, especially water and electricity.
The Israeli army had pounded the besieged Gaza Strip indiscriminately since July 7.
At least 1,867 Gazans, mostly civilians, were killed and 9,450 have been wounded in one month of brutal Israeli attacks.