Mohammed VI, Morocco's king, pictured in 2011
Morocco announced on Sunday it will set up a field hospital in the Gaza Strip to help Palestinians injured in Israeli air strikes, which the king described as "military aggression" in a statement. Mohammed VI, pictured in 2011, "ordered the immediate setting up of a Moroccan field hospital in the Gaza Strip." © Azzouz Boukallouch - AFP/File
Mohammed VI, Morocco's king, pictured in 2011
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Last updated: November 19, 2012

Morocco says it is setting up Gaza field hospital

Morocco announced on Sunday it will set up a field hospital in the Gaza Strip to help Palestinians injured in Israeli air strikes, which the king described as "military aggression" in a statement.

Mohammed VI "ordered the immediate setting up of a Moroccan field hospital in the Gaza Strip," which will include medical staff from "the armed forces as well as Moroccan civilian doctors and paramedics," the statement from the royal palace said.

The hospital was designed to "reinforce existing medical capabilities" in the territory, it added.

"Through this humanitarian initiative... in coordination with the Palestinian authorities," Morocco will "help alleviate the suffering of a population victim to several days of military aggression which the kingdom strongly condemns."

Israeli air strikes on Sunday killed 26 Palestinians, most of them women and children, in the bloodiest day of the bombing campaign since it began on Wednesday, according to health officials of Hamas, which controls the territory.

Rabat also has a field hospital in neighbouring Jordan which treats Syrian refugees fleeing their country's civil war.

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