AFP – December 30, 2008.
Amman – Jordan’s Queen Rania donated blood on Tuesday for Palestinians in the battered Gaza Strip, where more than 350 people have been killed in a deadly four-day Israeli aerial bombardment.
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“Queen Rania visited the Al-Hussein Medical Centre today (Tuesday) to take part in a nationwide campaign to donate blood and support the citizens of Gaza,” her office said in a statement.
In an article published in local newspapers, Rania, herself of Palestinian origin, also called on Jordanians to help ease the suffering.
“To be limited to expressing sympathies with the people of Gaza is shameful because they don’t need to be felt sorry for, they need us to act and help, and I know that we can do more,” wrote the queen.
Her husband King Abdullah II donated blood on Monday at the same military-run hospital and ordered the army’s medical services to establish a field hospital in Gaza.
Since Israel unleashed its massive aerial attack on Saturday following persistent rocket fire from Gaza, at least 363 Palestinians, including 39 children, have been killed and 1 720 wounded, according to Gaza medics.