Turkish Consulate-General in Jerusalem, Mustafa Sarnic addressed journalists in his residence and gave information about Turkey’s recent aid on Gaza.
Sarnic said: “The Palestine issue is a bleeding wound of all mankind. As Turkey, we do our best in this regard. About 369 million dollars aid was done to Gaza in the last 10 years.’’
Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA)’s coordinator for Palestine, Bulent Korkmaz, said Turkey provided clean drinking water for more than 500,000 people constructing 26 water wells in Gaza and Turkey-Palestine Friendship Hospital -with 176 beds- was built on an area of 34,000 square metres.
Sarnic also said the data released by World Bank on Turkey’s aid doesn’t reflect the facts and added: “In 2014, Turkey did 34.7 million dollars public development aid in Palestine, mainly in Gaza and 24.5 million dollars emergency aid.’’
Sarnic pointed out that Turkish nongovernmental organisations did 9.4 million dollars aid for development and 7.7 million dollars emergency aid contributing the total figure reach 76.3 million dollars.
TIKA’s coordinator for Palestine, Bulent Korkmaz, added “A Physical Medicine Centre, with a capacity to treat 6,000 patients per year, was established.”