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IFRC President Visits Palestine

 IFRC President Francesco Rocca is to visit Palestine from 9 to 11 November 2021. Mr. Rocca and his accompanying delegation will be received by PRCS President Dr. Younis Al Khatib, the Society’s Director General Marwan Jilani and several Executive Office members. Discussions will focus on enhancing ties between both parties. Moreover, an Agreement on the legal status of IFRC in Palestine and the humanitarian support it provides through PRCS will be signed by both IFRC and the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition to Mr. Rocca, the IFRC delegation comprises of Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi, Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Mr. Faisal Mahboob, IFRC Representative in Palestine.

The delegation will visit the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to get better acquainted with health and humanitarian services offered by PRCS to Palestinians, as well as the damage sustained by the health sector and service industries as a result of the latest escalation in hostilities in May 2021. Delegation members will also survey emergency services and humanitarian assistance provided by PRCS as well as its efforts to allay the suffering of Palestinians during the pandemic via its health services, assistance, relief aid and community awareness campaigns.

In Ramallah, the delegation will visit the PRCS School for the Hearing-Impaired. A briefing will be provided on the School’s mission, goals and the curriculum it teaches which is endorsed by the Palestinian Ministry of Education. Gifts will also be distributed to students who have successfully passed their Secondary Education Certificate Examination.