By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Israeli government has extended assistance to the Marawi conflict victims as it turned over P1-million worth of basic equipment, medicines, and supplies to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
Israel Ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau said the plight of the clash victims in Marawi City has not escaped his government’s attention.
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed us to lend a hand of support to the suffering people in Marawi and the surrounding areas,” the envoy said in a statement.
Thousands of families in the evacuation centers are expected to benefit from the Israeli Embassy’s donation which includes basic equipment, medicines, and supplies.
The equipment includes emergency cart, suction machine, portable nebulizer machine, portable ECG machine, portable doppler, pulse oximeter, oxygen tank, basic medicine package, emergency medicines, and medical supplies.
On June 8, the PRC set up a basic health care unit in (BHCU) in Balo-i Lanao del Norte and has been providing basic, preventive, and health care emergency treatment and medical supplies.
“We are grateful for the outpouring support we received from our partners and donors as the
Philippine Red Cross continues with its humanitarian efforts for our affected brothers and sisters in the Marawi crisis. We are committed to continue our mission to save lives as well as to give the best assistance to the most vulnerable to the best of our capacity,” PRC chairman Richard J. Gordon said.
Matityau said they are “all touched by the events in Marawi and the effect they have on so many innocent people whose everyday life is gravely disrupted.”
“Israel traditionally stands by the people of the Philippines in their difficult times as the Filipino people stood by the Jewish people in our difficult times – “friends in need are friends indeed.”,” he said.
“We would like to wish the people of Marawi a happy end to the holidays of Ramadan and Eid’l Fitr celebration. We all hope for a speedy return of the population to their homes and normal life in time for the celebration, and that peace and national harmony will be restored. No other nation knows better the consequences of terror and the tragedies it inflicts than Israel,” Matityau said.