Monday, January 05, 2009

Iran to set up a field hospital on the nearest point to Gaza

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

Iranian officials have condemned Israel for its attacks and expressed support for the Palestinian Resistance group Hamas, criticizing what they say is the silence of some Arab states.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki wrote to his Egyptian counterpart 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. (Al-Manar)


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