Palestine to send medics, aid to Ecuador after deadly earthquake

by Ma’an, April 16, 2016.
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian medical team will leave the occupied
West Bank on Monday to help victims of a deadly earthquake in Ecuador,
the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. A powerful
earthquake of a magnitude of 7.8 hit the South American country on
Sunday, killing at least 77 people and injuring hundreds.Health
Minister Jawad Awwad said in a statement that he had received
instructions from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to send medics and
medical equipment to Ecuador. Awwad added that the
Ministry of Health arranged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to
facilitate the departure of a team of medics as well as medicines and
medical equipment on Monday.Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign
Minister Riyad al-Maliki said a team of 15 Palestinian emergency and
disaster medics would leave for Ecuador on Monday.Al-Maliki
added that Palestine and Ecuador have always shared a strong bond and
been supportive of one another. Despite its limited resources and
capabilities, Palestine would always try to help other countries hit by
calamities, he added.