Italy to treat 100 wounded Palestinian children

One hundred Palestinian children wounded in war-torn Gaza are to receive medical treatment in Italian hospitals, the defense ministry in Rome says.

The ministry announces “the start of the operation for the transport of 100 Palestinian children and their families from the Gaza Strip to Italian hospital facilities.”

The first 30 children are set to be transferred in the next few days “with an air force airlift between Italy and Egypt,” the ministry says in a communique. Another 30 children will arrive at the end of the month on board an Italian military ship, the “Nave Vulcano,” which will soon leave Egypt’s port of El Arish, it adds.

The children will be hospitalized in several Italian cities, including Rome, Bologna, Florence and Genoa.

Separately, the ministry says it is in talks with countries in the region to set up an army field hospital.

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