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Palestinians rally for Haiti

January 20, 2010 |  1:24 pm

Gaza With one in five Gazans living in abject poverty, according to the United Nations, extra money and food are hard to come by.

Still, some are putting together what they can to donate to the people of Haiti.

On Monday, a local group began a drive to collect money, blankets, food and other items for donation to Haiti through the Red Cross, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

However, getting goods into and out of the Gaza Strip is difficult due to the Israeli blockade, and food and clothing donations have been turned away.

"People may be astonished at our ability to collect donations from our people [in Gaza]; we tell them that this is a humanitarian campaign and our people love life and peace," said Jamal Khudary, head of the Committee to Break the Siege, which organized the initiative.

Continue reading GAZA: Palestinians rally for Haiti: 'We were exposed to our own earthquake' on Babylon & Beyond.

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Photo: Goods donated to Haiti by people in Gaza. Credit: Mohammed Abed / AFP / Getty Images


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