Monday, January 12, 2009

Palestinians proud of Moroccan King's actions

The first group of injured Palestinians transferred to Morocco to receive medical aid arrived on Friday in Rabat aboard a military aircraft and were immediately admitted to Mohammed V Military hospital.

The aircraft carrying the wounded Palestinians, who are accompanied by their relatives, took off Thursday evening from the Al Arish Egyptian airport. A team of Moroccan specialized physicians and nurses were on board the plane to take care of the victims of the Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip.

Upon instructions of King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan government voiced readiness to receive 200 injured Palestinians to get medical treatment in two specialized hospitals in Rabat, namely the Mohammed V Military hospital and the Avicennes University Hospital Center (CHU).

The wounded Palestinians who were transferred Friday to the Rabat military hospital said they were "proud" of the interest king Mohammed VI of Morocco attaches to the Palestinian people.

The patients, injured during the Israeli raids on Gaza, said they also appreciate the solidarity of the Moroccans with their cause.

Seventeen-year-old Suleiman, who sustained injuries in the head and leg, thanked the king who, he said, spares no effort to help the Palestinians and support their just cause.

Echoing him, Khalil, 24, also told of the difficulties he had encountered to reach Egypt because of the blockade.

The patients are part of a group of 200 injured Palestinians that Morocco offered to treat in two top hospitals of the capital, Rabat.

On Friday Morocco sent five aircraft loaded with 35 tons of humanitarian aids and basic medicines to the Palestinians.

Death Toll Reaches towards 900 in Gaza.

As the death toll heads toward 900 on the Palestinian side, since Israel launched its offensive 15 days ago, 13 Israelis have died, including three civilians.

Palestinian fighters have responded with the firing of at least 10 rockets into Israel on Saturday, slightly wounding two people. In Gaza almost 4000 civilians have been wounded.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher, reporting from the Gaza-Israel border, said that the number of rocket firings was down significantly over the past two days, from about 30-40 daily since Israel's assault began.

"It may well be that's because the Israeli army is taking over more of the land where these rockets are fired from," he said. "But it also may be that Hamas is running out of rockets to fire into Israel."



Anonymous said...

Are you joking with your title or is it that you already became part of the 'shitstem' ? Of course the few palestiniens transported to Morocco are happy but it doesn't mean that Morocco neither the king are doing enough for the palestinians. You should read few of the posts of Ibn Kafka regarding Morocco's position before writing such 'insipidities'.

Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikum,
Muslims around the world are fasting in solidarity with the people of Gaza until the offensive ends.
It is expected that the offensive is going to continue for another two or three weeks.
As Muslims, we are responsible and will be accountable for what is happening to Muslims (Palestine, Chechnya, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, etc.) around the globe today.
The least we can do is fast in solidarity.
Please forward to all Muslims you know, even if you do not agree.

The View From Fez said...

Moroccans have been protesting in their thousands. Moroccan hackers have also been very active against Israeli websites. Hopefully the seriousness of the situation will prompt a greater diplomatic response from the Moroccan government. Recalling the Ambassador would be a good start....

Reda - I agree that MUCH more could be done. What we were posting was simply to point out at least one positive.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a positive story. We are so sad at what is happening in Gaza. Thank you for support and stories.


Anonymous said...

It's impressive how countries like Morocco are providing care to injured Palestinians from Gaza. The Saudi government has a similar program: See "Gaza Media War" at

Thanks for showing us a glimpse of the small deeds of kindness to emerge from this disastrous event.