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Petitioning The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP : Send RFA Argus Hospital Ship to Gaza

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- 1402 days ago -
The hospital ship RFA Argus is moored in Falmouth. She is uniquely designed for this type of necessity. We request that the British Government unilaterally and rapidly deploys RFA Argus to Gaza

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Sharon L (132)
Friday August 15, 2014, 1:30 pm
noted and signed

Evelyn B (62)
Friday August 15, 2014, 1:45 pm
See related article:
SOS! Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza's Children

Slava R (1311)
Friday August 15, 2014, 2:33 pm
done & noted t.y Evelyn

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday August 15, 2014, 2:43 pm
My dear - thanks for posting this petition.

I tried to sign but get "There was an error submitting your form. Please try again later." don't worry - I'll try again and again until it works!

Artur B (135)
Friday August 15, 2014, 3:00 pm

Sandra Penna (135)
Friday August 15, 2014, 3:10 pm
noted and signed. thank you, Evelyn and Eleonora.

Bartlomiej T (296)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:00 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you, Evelyn.

Kathryn Niell (112)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:22 pm
This makes perfect sense! Somebody's got to lead the way!

Rose Becke (141)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:37 pm
Thanks for signing

Past Member (0)
Friday August 15, 2014, 5:26 pm
S+S-thx Evelyn

Sheryl G (360)
Friday August 15, 2014, 8:11 pm
Thanks for signing. Hospital ships are deployed when there are natural disasters, this to me is also a disaster. A child suffering and needing medical attention is still a child, no matter what caused their medical situation.

fly bird (26)
Friday August 15, 2014, 9:01 pm
signed, forwarding. ty Evelyn

Shirley S (187)
Friday August 15, 2014, 10:22 pm
N&S .......Lead the way U K (makes a good slogan)

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday August 15, 2014, 10:22 pm
Save the children (and others). They are the future!


Ana MESNER (201)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:42 am
Signed, thank you for posting

Sherri G (128)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:08 am
Signed and Noted TY Evelyn.

Stella G (403)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:18 am
Firmato. Grazie

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 4:06 am

Bruce C D (89)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 5:11 am
Signed, noted. Thank-you, Evelyn.

Kathleen M (211)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 9:03 am
Gladly signed and noted. Thanks for posting, Evelyn!

Dogan O (2)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:08 am
noted and signed

Barb K (1688)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:50 am
with 70,127 supporters
4,873 NEEDED
Thank you Evelyn for posting.

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:05 pm
Noted & Signed. Thanks.

Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:09 pm
Petition signed

Thanks Evelyn


Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 3:02 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Evelyn.....and Dandelion for the link.

Jelica R (144)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 3:40 pm
Yesterday, while reading the linked article by Prof. Lamb, I loved the idea, but had no clue of progress achieved in the UK by getting the political support for it. Bravo, Brits!

Five Hospital Ships Needed To Save Gaza's Children;
By Franklin Lamb; 15 August, 2014;;

"... Middle East analysts point out that it is difficult to recall a time in modern history when there has been so much sustained slaughter of this region's civilian population, with more than two-thirds of the victims being women and children. For the past year, UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations have lamented a simple reality — that there is not a sufficient level of international aid to save lives and treat those in need of emergency and longer term medical care.

But now something is changing.

The horrors we have just witnessed, especially with respect to traumas inflicted on children, is producing, as should be the case, a major and rapidly growing international focus on salvaging young lives. Descriptions and evaluations of the consequences of Gaza wars are being published and urgently discussed. Some analysts and government officials, including Pentagon planners, are calling for a ‘Medical Marshall Plan,' to save Gaza's children. One proposed first step is the dispatching of a humanitarian support group of hospital ships that would sail to Gaza without further delay.

What can and must be done, by the United States and other countries with the naval and medical capacity to do so, is to organize a Hospital Ship flotilla to break the siege of Gaza, to anchor offshore, and to begin caring for the medical needs of all, with a special focus on children and their psychological well-being. Call it a Mercy Mission. Initially it could include the following countries — all well known for their hospital ships with up-and-running medical staffs: the USA, UK, France, China, Russia, Spain, Argentina, and Australia. Within this group of nations are ships with hundreds of patient beds and fully stocked pharmacies. Moreover, it is a group not likely to be interfered with by those who have imposed the inhumane blockade of Gaza (and of course it even includes some of their collaborators in the region), but perhaps most importantly, every country on the list possesses one or more hospital ships that are fully staffed and available to act.

France is reportedly ready to join such an effort and is also working on a related crisis — in Iraq, where it plans delivery of first aid equipment “in the coming hours,” according to the office of Francois Hollande. The French president has “reaffirmed the will of France to stand by the side of civilian victims of continued attacks” in Iraq, and his spokesmen said that “France will do the same thing for Gaza.”

“The European Union is called upon to also take necessary measures with great urgency to respond to immediate humanitarian needs,” the spokesman added.

Hundreds of EU citizens, with their specialized skills in fields of pediatric medicine and child psychology, are reportedly ready to help the children of Gaza. Two fully stocked and staffed American medical ships, the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort, could contribute greatly to the effort. Each ship's hospital is a full floating medical treatment facility, containing 12 fully equipped operating rooms, a 1,000-bed patient capacity, digital radiological services, medical laboratory, pharmacy, optometry lab, and intensive care ward; each also has a dental clinic with full services, CT scanner, and two oxygen-producing plants.

Helicopter landing decks are available as well, for patient transports, and the ships also have side ports that could take on patients from Gaza fishing boats and other crafts at sea. In addition to these two mammoth-sized medical vessels, dozens of other US Navy ships also have hospitals on board. For example, in one year, the medical department of the USS George Washington handled over 15,000 out-patient visits, drew almost 27,000 lab samples, filled almost 10,000 prescriptions, took about 2,300 x-rays, and performed 65 surgical operations — and nearly 100 other US ships are capable of doing the same.

Just one example with respect to capacity is illustrative. In April of this year, the USNS Comfort — a converted 70,000-ton tanker — sailed from Norfolk, Virginia carrying 900 doctors, nurses, and engineers, including staff from the U.S. military, civilian agencies, non-government charities, and even foreign navies. The ship is designed to be deployed quickly for four month intensive full service medical assistance; yet similar capacities obtain in certain other US ships and in foreign navies as well. All of these resources must be put to immediate use to save Gaza's children.

Looking at the longer term, the Pentagon should seriously consider ordering a sufficient number of catamaran transports and shallow-draft littoral ships to fill out the flotilla, vessels capable of delivering aid by sea via the relatively shallow Gaza coastline. The success of breaking the siege of Gaza will likely give impetus to a UN Security Council decision to construct a seaport for Gaza, perhaps with a shipping channel to Cyprus.

Similarly, the UK hospital ship, RFA Argus, designated as a ‘Primary Casualty Receiving Ship,' is moored in Falmouth, England, and is also uniquely designed for this type of humanitarian crisis; and it, too, is reportedly ready to sail once given the green light by Downing Street.

Five Hospital ships are urgently needed along Gaza's shoreline at the following locations: opposite Jabaliya and North Gaza, Gaza City, Deir al-Balah, Khan Younis, and Rafah.

Animae C (514)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 4:59 pm
with 70,253 supporters
4,747 NEEDED

Thanx Evelyn
Also Dandelion & Susanne for forwarding


Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 6:05 pm

Edith B (146)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:19 pm
noted and signed

S J (130)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:57 pm
signed with hope the kids will be helped very soon, thank you Evelyn

Mary T (358)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:54 pm
Signed with 70,277 supporters 4,723 NEEDED - thank you Evelyn & Dandelion for forwarding

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 3:41 am

Frank G (216)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:12 am
Got it signed.

Ben O (156)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:17 am

Marija M (29)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:31 am
done, ty Evelyn

jan b (5)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:50 am
Israel's Health Ministry offered humanitarian aid worth millions of shekels to the Gaza Strip, but the Palestinian Authority has refused to accept it. That's how much Palestine cares about their own people.

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 7:06 am
#70,404 You signed The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP: Send RFA Argus hospital ship to Gaza SSN

Evelyn Z (300)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 11:34 am
Signed/ Thank you

Evelyn B (62)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 12:57 pm
Erm - jan b. - there just might be some reason for not totally trusting the offer, if it comes with strings attached - e.g. sending teams in (e.g. IDF mobile ambulances). ... Ever heard of Trojan Horse? If they were ready to give it over to international agencies working in Gaza, or to Israeli NGOs already engaged in peace activism, the answer might be different ...

Winnie A (179)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:56 pm

Krista Slavin (195)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 7:53 pm
Signed and noted

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday August 18, 2014, 11:20 am
Signed, Thanks Evelyn for posting!

Lisa N (207)
Monday August 18, 2014, 11:23 am
You signed The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP: Send RFA Argus hospital ship to Gaza

P A (117)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 11:26 pm

Michela M (3964)
Friday August 29, 2014, 6:35 am

Abo r (107)
Tuesday October 7, 2014, 5:23 pm
noted and signed. thank you, Evelyn and Eleonora.
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