ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

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Italy sending a hospital ship to be stationed off Gaza coast

Palestinians look at buildings destroyed in an Israeli strike in Deir al Balah, Gaza Strip, November 7, 2023. (Hatem Moussa/AP)
Palestinians look at buildings destroyed in an Israeli strike in Deir al Balah, Gaza Strip, November 7, 2023. (Hatem Moussa/AP)

Italy is sending a hospital ship that will be stationed off the coast of Gaza to aid the Palestinian population, Defense Minister Guido Crosetto announces.

Crosetto says the mission is a concrete sign of Italy’s “closeness to the Palestinian people, distance from the Hamas terrorists.”

The ship Vulcano has 170 people on board, including medical and military personnel, and includes operating rooms. It will first head to Cyprus and then as close as possible to the conflict zone to provide emergency medical support, Crosetto says.

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