The Palestinian Authority (PA) sent on Sunday, August 20, three truckloads of medical supplies to Venezuela, following instructions from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).
Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki told the Ma’an News Agency that the truckloads of medicine were dispatched on Sunday from warehouses in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, adding that Abbas’ decision to donate the medications to Venezuela was made in response to requests from the Venezuelan government.
Al-Malki said that the Palestinian government wants to “repay what it can for what the Venezuelan government has provided to the Palestinian people,” citing the donation of 15 million dollars that was used to construct an eye hospital in the Ramallah-area village of Turmus Ayya. Minister of Health Jawad Awad indicated that the Palestinian donation to Venezuela consists of three trucks loaded with medical supplies.
Venezuela has been suffering a crippling economic crisis that has led to high food prices, food shortages, and a lack of basic goods, including medicines, because of the imperialist offensive against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.