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Posted On: 21 January 2009 07:53 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Qatar Charity fund drive for Gaza

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Qatar Charity (QC) yesterday launched a fund-raising campaign to meet its pledge of contributing QR365m as an emergency response to the urgent need for reconstruction of civil infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. The campaign is being carried out in collaboration with the civil society and humanitarian institutions and through international partnerships. Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Charity, said the board had decided to donate QR365m in order to help end the suffering of the victims of the Gaza war. “In addition to emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction projects, QC will also carry out a substantial economic development project in collaboration with international NGO partners,” Al Saad said. “This humanitarian action is imposed upon us by international laws and international human rights conventions, which underscore the need to stand by, support, and encourage the Gaza population and assist in all ways the reconstruction efforts in Gaza. The campaign is also of great importance to the people of Qatar in assuring them that Qatar Charity has done its utmost to assist our Muslim brothers,” he said. He noted that the campaign would aid global humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the people in Gaza, and it was an obligation for Qatar and its people to contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Qatar Charity had earlier provided 10 ambulances and nine relief trucks to Gaza and has pledged to reconstruct 10 mosques that were fully or partially destroyed in the Gaza Strip during the war. In cooperation with the Hamad Medical Corporation and the Association of Qatari Doctors, QC sent a medical team including ten doctors, all specialists in orthopaedic surgery, vascular surgery, and emergency medical support to assist in the management and rehabilitation of the Abu Yousef Najjar Hospital in Gaza.