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Israel and Turkey to build new hospital in Gaza

By Mason White 1:18 PM February 13, 2013
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
with Hamas Prime Minister Ishmail Haniyah 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will soon enjoy a brand new hospital after Israel gave final approval to Turkey, to build the new facility, according to press reports in the Gaza Strip.

Israel will allow construction materials from Turkey to enter the Gaza Strip to build a Joint Turkish-Israeli hospital, authorities said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the opening of the Friendship Hospital in Gaza, within a year, a local Turkish newspaper reported.

The Israeli government described the move as a goodwill gesture to Turkey, the newspaper said. Unnamed Turkish officials said that they see the agreement with Israel as a humanitarian movement rather than a political gesture.

“Although I do not want to sound too optimistic about reconciliation between the two countries, I see a window of opportunity in light of the election results,” a diplomatic source told the local newspaper.
Israel authorized the project after reviewing a list of materials that Turkey asked to send to the Gaza Strip.

The planned 150-bed hospital will be the largest in the Gaza Strip. It is funded by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency and will be built by Aker Construction Company, the newspaper said.

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