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  • Emergency teams unload the Palestinian donations at Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent, September 23, 2017

    Emergency teams unload the Palestinian donations at Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent, September 23, 2017 | Photo: teleSUR

The shipment had been coordinated with Venezuela and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Eight tons of food, water, clothing and medical supplies from the Palestinian Authority has been flown into St Vincent and the Grenadines to help the aid effort in Dominica.

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The island was devastated as Hurricane Maria tore across it on Monday night, wiping out communications and leaving entire communities without homes or power.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, CDEMA, says between 80-90 per cent of buildings have been damaged or destroyed.

All of the country’s crops have been devastated by the Category 5 storm, and 75 per cent of the island’s trees have been damaged or ripped out of the ground.

The hurricane also triggered landslides, cutting of roads and limiting access to rural areas.

Last weekend several Palestinian teams travelled to the Caribbean including specialists in safety measures, first aid and emergency treatment to offer assistance to nations hit earlier this month by Hurricane Irma.

The latest aid planes landed on Saturday at Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent.

The Palestinian International Cooperation Agency (PICA) Director-General Emad Alzuhairy was there to greet the cargo and the relief teams.

Alzuhairy said the supplies had been sent at the request of the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas.

The shipment has been coordinated with Venezuela and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Alzuhairy said Abbas wanted to send an emergency relief team to the region.

Palestinian aid arrives in St Vincent
Palestinian aid for Dominica arrives in St Vincent
teleSUR

The Venezuelan Ambassador to St Vincent and the Grenadines, Yuri Pimentel, joined Alzuhairy on the runway.

Pimentel has been helping with the Palestinian humanitarian effort as well as the airlift from his own country.

He told teleSUR, "It’s not about giving what you have left it's about sharing the little you have. That’s the spirit in difficult times like we know and have in Venezuela. Venezuela is always ready to support, to help our brothers in need like our brothers in Cuba, like St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A very small country with a very small GDP who nonetheless always provide what they can in these tragic situations like what is happening in Dominica."

Pimentel added, "We are very proud. Very proud of our personnel, our military that are doing whatever they can to deliver this humanitarian aid."

They were joined at the airport by Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Gonsalves said his nation has long been friends with the Palestinian Authority and fully supports Palestine's admission as a member of the United Nations.

 

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