Turkish hospital to operate in Gaza to curb coronavirus
HEALTH

Turkish hospital to operate in Gaza to curb coronavirus

Funded by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), construction of 180-bed hospital was completed in 2017

News Service AA

The Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital in Gaza will start operation as part of efforts to curb the novel coronavirus, a spokesman for the Palestinian government said Tuesday.


Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Ibrahim Melhim said President Mahmoud Abbas and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed during a phone call to start the operation of the hospital in Gaza.


The spokesman thanked the Turkish government and people "for their continuing support for Palestine"

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Funded by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the construction of the 180-bed hospital was completed in 2017.


Palestinian authorities have confirmed 117 coronavirus cases, including 10 in the Gaza Strip.


Gaza's health system has been badly affected by Israel's 13-year blockade amid a severe shortage of medicines and medical equipment.


*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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