Saudi to treat Gaza children maimed in Israel raids

"I asked 'what's going on?' and they said I was in a coma and my legs had been amputated, and my cousin's too," said Palestinian girl.

Saudi to treat Gaza children maimed in Israel raids

A Palestinian girl who lost her legs and a boy who was blinded in Israel's attack on Gaza are amongst Palestinians receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi minister said on Tuesday.

"(King Abdullah) saw you on television and was extremely affected," Health Minister Hamad al-Manei told the girl, Jamila, at a meeting of Arab health ministers in Riyadh.

Saudi state media have carried prominent coverage of several dozen wounded Palestinians brought to the country for treatment in Saudi hospitals. A precise figure of those being treated was not available.

"I was playing when this accident happened. I didn't have a bomb or a weapon for them to do this to me. I was on the roof and suddenly I found myself in hospital," Jamila, in a wheelchair, told the Saudi minister in front of television cameras at the meeting.

"I asked 'what's going on?' and they said I was in a coma and my legs had been amputated, and my cousin's too. My sister was killed and another cousin as well, God have mercy on them."

The meeting of health ministers will discuss Israel's offensive in Gaza that has killed more than 925 Palestinians and put Arab leaders under public pressure to act.

The story of Jamila and Luay Sobh, who was blinded, was shown earlier this week on Al Jazeera television, which has carried extensive coverage of civilian casualties inside Gaza. It was not clear how old the two children were.

Qatar, which owns Al Jazeera, has asked the 22-member Arab League in Cairo to hold an emergency Arab summit on Friday.

Arab countries closely allied to the United State such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been cool to the idea of a summit, despite two weeks of popular protests around the region demanding government action.

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak was expected in Riyadh on Tuesday for talks with King Abdullah.

Saudi Arabia has organised an aid campaign for Palestinians that has gathered over $27 million, but the government has prevented efforts to organise demonstrations in its main cities of Riyadh and Jeddah.

Reuters
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