Jordan’s Crown Prince arrives in El-Arish to oversee Gaza’s Jordanian field hospital

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Nov 2023

Jordan Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II arrived in El-Arish on Monday to oversee preparations for the Jordanian field hospital for southern Gaza, the Jordanian Royal Court announced.

Jordan s Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II at Al-Arish International Airport in Egypt s North Sinai. Photo : PETRA


According to a royal court statement, Crown Prince Al Hussein arrived at El-Arish International Airport on a Royal Jordanian Air Force military plane carrying hospital staff, medical equipment, and supplies.

The field hospital, which will be set up in Khan Younis, was dispatched upon directives by King Abdullah II, said the statement. It comprises various departments, including emergency, internal medicine, intensive care units, and a prematurity department with 41 incubators.

It also includes an obstetrics and gynaecology department, a laboratory, a pharmacy, an X-ray room, a sterilization room, and two operation theatres.

The 145 staff members include medical and nursing teams from the Royal Medical Jordanian Services and specialists in general, neurology, pulmonology, urology, cosmetic, orthopaedic, pediatric, and maxillofacial surgeries.

Before the arrival of the Crown Prince, 40 trucks had arrived at the Rafah border crossing carrying the necessary equipment and medical supplies for preparing the hospital.

Since 12 October, 153 planes transporting aid to Gaza have landed at El-Arish International Airport, according to a statement by the Egyptian Red Crescent in North Sinai.

The planes transported around 4,000 tons of aid items stored in 7 secure warehouses in El-Arish. 

North Sinai Governorate reported that El-Arish Airport has recently received planes carrying 247 tons of medical and food relief items.

Apart from the Jordanian air force plane, the airport received a plane from Qatar carrying 38.646 tons, two planes from Saudi Arabia carrying 48.454 tons, three planes from Kuwait carrying 96.372 tons, a plane from the UAE carrying 35.75 tons, and a plane from India carrying 30.55 tons.

Furthermore, the airport received planes from international relief organizations such as the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, the European Union, and the United Nations.

Several countries have sent aid planes to El-Arish Airport since the beginning of the crisis, including Kuwait, Turkey, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, Indonesia, France, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bahrain, England, Brazil, Tunisia, Venezuela, India, Kenya, Colombia, Malaysia, Greece, Libya, Turkmenistan, Poland, Denmark, Oman, and Chechnya.

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