Foreign Minister Murillo revealed the plan to care for children injured in Gaza in Colombia

Foreign Minister Murillo revealed the plan to care for children injured in Gaza in Colombia
Foreign Minister Murillo revealed the plan to care for children injured in Gaza in Colombia

Children play among tents set up for Palestinians seeking refuge on the grounds of a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) center in the southern Gaza Strip.

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The Foreign Minister of Colombia, Luis Gilberto Murillo, revealed that between 35 to 50 boys and girls who were injured in Gaza in the midst of the war between Israel and Hamas will arrive in the country. The minors will be transferred from Egypt along with their family companions for a period of up to six months to be treated at the Military Hospital in Bogotá.

Murillo explained that for now there is no exact date for when the minors will arrive, but that boys and girls between 12 and 15 years old will be cared for.

According to the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs, Elizabeth Taylor Jay, the project would offer help on a physical and psychological level, for which, according to the official, an agreement is being worked on with the Military Hospital of Bogotá, an expert in treating wounds from war.

The project was announced last week by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, who, through an official statement, reported that, following a precise instruction from President Gustavo Petro, it would coordinate international cooperation efforts and seek resources to put launching a humanitarian aid program for children in Palestine.

The announcement was made known after the meeting of Foreign Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo with his Jordanian counterparts, Ayman Safadi; of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, among other foreign ministers who attended the high-level Conference “Call to Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza”, which was held in Jordan last Tuesday, June 11 in Amman, Jordan.

During the conference, Murillo reaffirmed Colombia’s commitment to peace and the peaceful resolution of the conflict, noting that the country has maintained a firm stance in multilateral forums and has supported all United Nations resolutions that seek a lasting solution to the conflict. Palestinian-Israeli. “Colombia is acting, but we need to act more, and we need more actions,” he emphasized.

The foreign minister added that Egypt and Jordan will support the program and invited more countries to join “either to support by providing resources to Colombia or by establishing similar programs.”

In a new report from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, more than 37,372 people have been killed, most of them women and children, and 85,372 have been injured since the war in Gaza began following the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7. 2023, in which around 1,200 people died and around 200 were kidnapped.

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