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Cyprus' Volunteer Doctors' medical aid triumphantly reaches Rafah

Ten tons of medicines donated by Medochemie successfully handed over despite bureaucratic challenges

Newsroom / CNA

In a persistent effort to overcome obstacles and bureaucratic hurdles, pharmaceutical aid from Volunteer Doctors-Cyprus is en route to Rafah. The organization's statement reveals the successful handover of a ten-ton medicine container to the Palestinian Red Crescent, facilitated by the Egyptian Red Crescent. This marks Cyprus's sole medical aid contribution to date, the statement underscores.

Honorary President of Volunteer Doctors - Cyprus, Eleni Theocharous, shared with the Cyprus News Agency that the challenging endeavor has yielded results, coinciding with the anniversary of the "Dignity" vessel's historic mission. The ship, breaking the embargo, transported medicine and baby food to the Gaza Strip.

Generously provided by Cypriot pharmaceutical company Medochemie, the medicines are slated to be received by the Egyptian Red Crescent, overseen by the Cyprus Embassy in Cairo. Immediate transfer from Port Said to Rafah is anticipated.

Looking ahead, Volunteer Doctors announced their commitment to ongoing humanitarian aid, initiating a baby food collection campaign for an upcoming shipment. Further details will be disclosed soon.

Theocharous took to social media, reminiscing about the "Dignity" vessel's journey on December 28, 2008, sailing from the port of Larnaca to Gaza, defying the embargo. Pursued by four Israeli gunboats, the vessel eventually reached the port of Tire, carrying unarmed individuals, including activists, journalists, and medical professionals.

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