Israel offers to transfer blood units to Gaza Hospitals via Red Cross, but Abbas’ Palestinian Authority rejects humanitarian gesture.
Jerusalem approves Red Cross request to include representatives in Israel’s MDA situation assessments of #OperationProtectiveEdge
Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA)emergency services on Monday offered to transfer blood units and donations to Gaza Strip, but the humanitarian gesture was rejected by the Palestinian Authority.
According to MDA Director Eli Bin, the organization then offered to assist the PA by facilitating blood drives involving Palestinian or Israeli Arab donors, but that offer was rejected as well.
Bin described Israel’s attempt help Palestinian medical facilities as “a humanitarian gesture. I believe in it — this brings us respect as human beings.”
The government on Monday approved a petition by the international Red Cross to include one of its representatives in MDA situation assessments pertaining to Operation Protective Edge. Magen David Adom has been a full member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies since 2006.
Also on Monday, Health Minister Yael German visited MDA’s Ashdod district. “I’m here to express my gratitude and appreciation,” she said.
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