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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Aid reaches Palestinian victims of violence
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¬†CAFOD's partner Caritas Jerusalem, has delivered vital aid to families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, against a backdrop of heavy shooting and long delays at military checkpoints. Twenty cars and three trucks delivered water and urgently-needed medical supplies to the town of Nablus at the weekend, despite the fact that relief workers were trapped in their cars by heavy gunfire outside the town's hospital. A second convoy managed to deliver nearly a thousand aid packages in the Tulqarem area, despite long delays. Palestinian residents of the area are unable to travel between neighbouring villages and people are running out of supplies. At the village of Anabta, where 450 aid parcels were delivered to the Anabta Charitable Society, the convoy was forced to wait for two hours at a checkpoint despite having pre-arranged for the delivery. The mayor of Anabta welcomed the convoy. He thanked the Christian humanitarian organisations for their solidarity, and for the message of hope they brought with them. In Tulquarem, aid workers found the streets deserted but delivered 550 aid parcels to the Women's Union in the town. The round trip that should have taken four hours took 15 hour to complete. CAFOD has donated £40,000 to an emergency appeal set up by Caritas International to raise £500,000 for Caritas Jerusalem.
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