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Sudan earmarks $123 million in medical supplies for Gaza

January 1, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s Doctors Union, a pro government syndicate, will send a relief convoy to embattled Gaza at the cost of 270 million Sudanese pounds (US$123 million), reported a state news agency.

Gaza is a densely populated strip of land on the Mediterranean cost between Egypt and Israel.

A six-month truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) expired in Gaza on December 19. When the ceasefire expired, Hamas launched rockets at Israel and Israeli forces launched air strikes at Gaza.

About 400 Gazans have been killed and 1,700 have been wounded during Israeli air strikes on Hamas, according to health officials in Gaza.

Sudan announced after the hostilities escalated that it will send an aircraft of relief supplies to the Gaza Strip via Egypt and also claimed to have started extensive campaigns to donate blood for the Palestinian people.

The medical convoy, containing emergency and life-saving medicines and including a number of Sudanese surgeons, anesthesia specialists and medical assistants left the premises of Sudan Doctor’s Union Thursday on its way to Gaza.

Addressing the departing medical convey, Dean of Sudanese Doctors Abdul Aziem Kablo said the union will be in continuous session in order to prepare for successive medical conveys in support of the people of Palestine in Gaza. He called on the members of the union to send urgent contributions and support to the central chamber at the premises of the Union.

He explained that other medical conveys will be sent to Gaza in the coming days, adding that the current convey comes at the initiative of the Sudan Doctors Union in collaboration with the Arab Doctors Union.

The state news agency SUNA also reports that dean of the Sudanese Bar Union, Fathi Khalil, who also is the chairman of the Sudanese Popular Campaign in support of the people of Gaza, addressed the event and said what is happing in Gaza by all means is contrary to the international law and all the human values.

Khalil further criticized the stances of the Security Council and some Western countries toward the Israeli aggressions on Gaza. Likewise, in the wake of the attacks, Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir had encouraged Arab countries to rethink their relations with the United States of America.

Hamas blames Israel for making food and medical supplies scarce, whereas Israel claims that Hamas is hindering the flow of supplies that it does allow into the strip. Ninety aid trucks crossed the border from Israel on Thursday.

Sudan has strong political ties to Hamas.

The latest round of violence in Palestine precedes major anticipated political events in both Sudan and Israel, including elections in Israel in February 2009 and the possibly forthcoming arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on charges of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.