Six Palestinian children hospitalised in Brussels after evacuation

16th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two were "very gravely injured" and four others suffered multiple fractures.

BRUSSELS - Six Palestinian children have been hospitalised in Brussels after their evacuation from the Gaza Strip where they were injured in the Israeli offensive, the Belgian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The children, aged between two and 18 years, arrived in Belgium on a Belgian government airplane accompanied by one family member each. Two were "very gravely injured" and four others suffered multiple fractures, ministry spokesman Bart Ouvry said.

A seventh child who was supposed to be evacuated was deemed by doctors unfit to travel.

Further evacuations of Palestinian children are expected in the coming days, the spokesman said, declining to say when.

The first evacuation mission had to be delayed several times because of administrative problems.

The Belgian government approved the operation last week, hoping that it will become the first element of a broader EU effort to evacuate and treat wounded Palestinian children.


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