Venezuela unveils 'Hugo Chavez' shelter for Gazan children

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Venezuelan government has released images of the “Hugo Chavez” shelter, where incoming Palestinian child refugees of the Israeli assault of the Gaza Strip will be housed, Venezuela Analysis said on August 16.

President Nicolas Maduro made the pledge last month to shelter Palestinian children who were orphaned and wounded as a result of the conflict, Venezuela Analysis said on August 16. Israel's ongoing assault has killed more than 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

On August 19, Venezuelan foreign minister Elias Jaua said the shelter, volunteers and medical staff were ready to welcome the Palestinian child refugees, and that the necessary legal protocols with the UNICEF and the national child protection body had been fulfilled.

The government now awaits the final green light from Palestinian authorities to be able to bring the children to Venezuela. Venezuelan authorities say the plan is to give the children a happy and recreational environment, and any necessary medical attention, until it is safe for them to return to Palestine.

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