Iran tells Egypt it is ready to help Gaza wounded

Iran has told Egypt it is ready to treat people wounded in the Israeli assault on Gaza and is seeking permission to set up a field hospital nearby, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Iran tells Egypt it is ready to help Gaza wounded
Iranian officials have condemned Israel for its attacks and expressed support for the Palestinian Hamas, criticising what they say is the silence of some Arab states.

Egypt, the only Arab state to border Gaza, has been a focus for protests by Iranians who say Cairo has not done enough to help the Palestinians.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki wrote to his Egyptian counterpart on Sunday outlining Iran's offer to treat wounded people from Gaza, ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi told a news conference in Tehran.

He said the letter expressed "Iran's readiness for receiving and treating the wounded at hospitals".

Qashqavi said the letter also "asked for the cooperation of Egypt for setting up an Islamic Republic field hospital and its medical team on the nearest point to Gaza at the recommendation of the Egyptian government".

"We are awaiting response to this demand," he said.

Israel launched aerial bombardments on Dec. 27 over Gaza, then launched ground attacks on Saturday.

At least 512 Palestinians have been killed.

Egypt sometimes allows wounded people and medical supplies through its border with the Gaza Strip but the crossing has been closed to ordinary traffic.


Reuters
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