Gaza: Venezuela plans coordinated rebuild, sends aid

August 17, 2014

Venezuela sent its first batch of aid to Palestine on August 12, teleSUR English said. As well as government aid, Venezuela's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has collected food, medicines and clothes from a supportive population, seeking to ease the suffering of the people of Gaza.

Venezuela Analysis reported on August 14 that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he would convene a meeting of Arab leaders to coordinate reconstruction efforts for the war-torn Gaza Strip.

Maduro announced he would meet with Arab leaders to coordinate efforts. “Palestine deserves more,” Maduro said.

Maduro’s call came after a meeting with the Palestinian representative in Caracas, Riad Al-Maliki. Speaking to the press after the meeting, Maduro vowed to remain committed to defending Palestine against Israel's “military aggression”.

Maduro said he hoped to help develop a comprehensive reconstruction plan for war-torn Gaza.
Hospitals, schools, homes and infrastructure have all been damaged by Israeli forces in recent weeks. More than 1900 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli assault on Gaza, including hundreds of children.

“The message we send to children, mothers and Palestinian families facing these attacks is love,” he said.

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