Mérida, 3rd November 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Yesterday a third plane set off from Venezuela with aid destined for the Gaza Strip. The act is part of the South American country’s solidarity effort in the wake of Israel’s assault on the Palestinian territory earlier this year.
The 10.3 ton aid cargo includes food, medicine and clothing. It will be transferred to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip via the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The plane will land in Jordan first.
25 Venezuelan youths are also travelling with the aid in order to meet and return with 100 Palestinians who are being awarded scholarships by the administration of Nicolas Maduro to study medicine in Venezuela. A total of 1,000 young Palestinians are being offered the opportunity.
Venezuela is a strong diplomatic supporter of Palestine. President Nicolas Maduro was one of a number of South American presidents who demanded an immediate cease fire and the beginning of negotiations during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge bombing and invasion of Gaza in July.
During the conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas, about 2,000 Palestinians were killed, mostly civilians, while around 70 Israelis were killed, mainly soldiers.