The money is being used by the ITF office in Jordan to buy and dispatch medical supplies and equipment. Like the ITF’s first shipment, delivered on 28 July, the second cargo will be delivered to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, whose support includes running a mobile hospital in Gaza. It will include an urgently needed operating table and more materials requested by doctors helping injured people, such as wheelchairs and crutches, bandages, syringes, facemasks, gloves and dressings.
ITF president Paddy Crumlin commented: “We welcome the generosity of those unions who have responded to the appeal and urge more to respond, as the situation in Gaza is dire. Aid is vital while an end to hostilities is sought and until there is a long-term solution which respects the 1967 borders between Israel and a Palestinian state.”
Balal Malkawi, ITF Arab World coordinator, added that supplies bought with funds raised by the appeal were already being used by doctors and nurses working under extreme pressure in Gaza’s hospitals to help injured civilians.