Iraq receives wounded Palestinians from Gaza for treatment

In an effort to provide medical support to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the Iraqi Ministry of Health welcomed 27 wounded Palestinians to Iraq for treatment.

The initial group of injured individuals arrived in Iraq from Egypt on a military aircraft as part of the ‘Help Gaza’ campaign initiated by the Iraqi government. Ambulances transported the wounded, who were accompanied by 42 others, to hospitals across Iraq for medical care.

Undersecretary of the Iraqi Ministry of Health, Hani Musa Al-Aqabi, together with a team of paramedics, warmly received the wounded individuals and their companions upon their arrival. Al-Aqabi noted that the majority of the injured were elderly, women, and children.

Following a decision made on April 7, the Iraqi government has been actively engaged in providing medical treatment to wounded individuals from Gaza in both government and private hospitals. Furthermore, Iraq has been sending humanitarian aid, medical supplies, and fuel to Gaza in collaboration with Egyptian and Jordanian authorities.

To further extend support, the Iraqi government established an office to collect donations from the public to aid Palestinians affected by the conflict in Gaza. The region has been grappling with severe Israeli shelling and a fuel shortage, leading to the closure of numerous hospitals.

Tensions have escalated since October 7, with Israel conducting extensive military operations in Gaza. According to health officials in Gaza, the conflict has resulted in the deaths of over 35,000 Palestinians. Hamas’ actions, including attacks on southern Israel, have also led to casualties, with the Israeli authorities reporting over 1,200 fatalities.