Chilean Aid To Arrive In Amman, Palestine Via Air Force
By Dialogo February 04, 2009A plane from the Chilean Air Force landed today in Amman carrying over 25 tons in humanitarian aid for the Palestine Gaza population after the recent Israeli offensive that left over 1,400 dead and 5,000 injured. “We do this as an act of solidarity for those who suffer in any part of the world,” José Miguel de la Cruz, the ambassador representing Chile before the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), told EFE in a phone conversation in Amman. The shipment consists of medication and hospital equipment, including hospital blankets, sheets, and powdered milk. It also contains household items for tens of thousands of Palestinians who lost their belongings and homes during the bombings. Over one thousand houses in Gaza were completely destroyed, and dozens suffered severe damage as a result of the Israeli bombings between December 27 and January 18, when Israel and Hamas separately declared a cease fire. The affected population found shelter in United Nations facilities for Palestinian refugees. UNRWA is the agency responsible for the distribution of aid from the Chilean government. Ambassador De la Cruz said the shipment has been delivered today at the airport in Amman to the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization, which functions as an intermediary. “The Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization will include the shipment in the daily convoys that go to Gaza to make it available to the UNRWA, which coordinates the receipt and distribution of international aid,” he explained. There is an important Palestinian community within Chile with over 400,000 people, said the Chilean ambassador in Amman, Luis Palma, while emphasizing that “our country is not indifferent to the suffering of the Gaza population.” Today’s shipment is the second shipment of aid from Chile to the population of the Palestinian territory since the end of hostilities on January 18. The prior shipment, which arrived several days ago, consisted of 3,500 kilograms of surgical supplies and medications, which were needed more urgently to help with the recovery of thousands of injured people. De la Cruz said that the Chilean government previously donated $20,000 to the International Red Cross when the conflict started.