West Bank Arabs and Israeli Arabs sent eight and a half tons of relief supplies to people living in war-torn Lebanon, last Thursday (42 June).
GV PAN ACROSS Ramallah
GV ZOOM INTO SU Supply truck with Red Cross insignia
CU Tins of milk being packed and loaded onto lorry
CU Medicines packed and loaded
GV Convoy leaving for airport
SV Convoy passing through airport security
SV & GV Supplies loaded into aircraft (3 shots)
The eight and a half tons of supplies were loaded onto he Red Cross plane by Jewish workers at Ben Gurion airport. The shipment was taken to Beirut via Larnaca in Cyprus.
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Background: West Bank Arabs and Israeli Arabs sent eight and a half tons of relief supplies to people living in war-torn Lebanon, last Thursday (42 June).
SYNOPSIS: A large percentage of the aid came from the town of Ramallah, which has a high Arab population. Arabs from the Israeli-occupied West Bank also joined in with donations of money, and helped to pack and load the supplies. the Red Cross was given the responsibility of actually making sure the badly needed relief reached the Lebanon. The major part of the shipment was taken up by seven and a half tons of powdered milk, a product badly needed, especially by nursing mothers.
Also on board, was a ton of medicines - urgently needed by the Red Cross hospital in Beirut. The hospital was, for many months, located in a tent but it has now been moved to a partially completed building. The medical team of 14 doctors and nurses has handled more than five thousand cases in the past year.
Before the convoy was allowed to leave Israel, permission had to be gained from the Israeli Defence Minister Shimon Peres. Once that was given, those in charge of the shipment moved quickly to get the supplies to Lebanon.
It's not the first time that Israel - like Lebanon's other neighbours - has been helping during the Lebanese crisis. Only last week it was revealed that a clinic was set up on the border with Lebanon to give medical treatment to those who were not war wounded. About 35 patients a day are treated in the clinic which is situated in an apple orchard. A statement by the organisers of this air lift said the supplies would be distributed to anybody, on matter what their religion, race or creed.