Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh congratulated residents of Rafah on a plan for the construction of a new hospital in the southern Gaza city.
During a ceremony to lay the foundation stone, Haniyeh vowed to continue exerting efforts until the Rafah hospital is built, noting that he had made contact with Qatar and Turkey in this regard.
Haniyeh pointed out that the Hamas delegation had briefed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Gaza’s health sector during its latest meeting with him.
The Hamas chief appealed to the donour states to “truly intervene” to build the Rafah hospital, expressing his thanks to all sides that have contributed to “this medical achievement in Rafah.”
Haniyeh explained that the first stage of the construction of Rafah hospital would cost about $5-7 million.
“The first stage will be followed by other ones that will cost nearly $20 million,” Haniyeh continued.
He stressed that the plan to build a hospital in Rafah “was on the table of the decision-makers in the government, the health ministry, the Rafah municipality and the Hamas leadership.”
Promises to establish a hospital in Rafah were previously made by some sides, Haniyeh added, but some developments in the regions have shelved such plans.
The head of Hamas Political Bureau saluted the Ministry of Health’s staff for their efforts to provide medical care for Palestinians throughout Israeli offensives on the Gaza Strip.
Haniyeh also hailed the staff of Abu Yousef al-Najjar and al-Emirati hospitals for provide medical treatment for the Palestinian people, especially during the 2014 Rafah massacre committed by Israeli occupation forces.