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New enhanced team for field hospital in Gaza embarks on mission

By JT - Jul 20,2014 - Last updated at Jul 20,2014

AMMAN — The new staff at Jordan’s field hospital in Gaza — dubbed “Gaza31”— on Sunday started providing medical and humanitarian assistance to the injured Gazans. 

Suleiman Saudi, hospital director, indicated that upon HRH Crown Prince Hussein’s directives, a number of clinics at the facility were opened to meet the needs of Palestinians in the strip, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. 

The Crown Prince had directed the military’s Royal Medical Services to send more specialised physicians to enhance the hospital, which was established in the aftermath of the Israel war against Gaza in 2009. 

So far, the medics have provided medical services to more than 1.2 million people in Gaza.  

Also on Sunday, six private hospitals in Jordan announced their readiness to treat more than 50 injured people from Gaza and provide necessary medical aid to Palestinian hospitals in the coastal enclave. 

In a statement run by Petra, Private Hospitals Association President Fawzi Hammouri noted that the Palestinian hospitals suffer from a severe shortage in medical supplies, especially those used in treating war injuries. 

He said the association was coordinating with different bodies to guarantee the entry of the donated medical supplies to the strip. 

Hammouri added that the association is cooperating with the Jordan Pharmacists Association and a health committee in Gaza to identify urgent needs and send injured to the Kingdom as soon as possible. 

He noted that a team of Jordanian private sector doctors headed to Gaza on Sunday morning, carrying vital medical supplies and equipment. 

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