ANKARA- A Turkish plane left Ankara Thursday morning bound for Israel to collect 33 injured Palestinians and bring them to Turkey for medical treatment.
The Palestinians will be picked up from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Around 80 people from Gaza, injured in the 50-day long Israeli bombardment have been flown to Turkey for hospital treatment since the beginning of August, Anadolu News Agency reported. They will receive medical treatment in the central Anatolian province of Afyonkarahisar.
There are 17 volunteer medical staff members on board from Turkey's National Medical Rescue Organization, which launches humanitarian operations at home and abroad during disasters. The Turkish government plans to bring a total of 200 Palestinians to Turkey for treatment.
An Egypt-brokered cease-fire went into effect on Tuesday, ending 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip in which 2,145 Palestinians were killed and over 11,000 injured the vast majority of them civilians.