A medical team of two doctors and four assistants left Delhi on June 11 for Lebanon to assist Palestinians injured during the Israeli invasion.
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DR. SAXENA: "I know it is very urgent, and especially reading from the newspapers I realise the urgency about it, and that is why within two days we prepared ourselves and our team and we are off to help the PLO. My concern will be only to help the humanity that is suffering there."
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Background: A medical team of two doctors and four assistants left Delhi on June 11 for Lebanon to assist Palestinians injured during the Israeli invasion. The Israeli attack commenced on June 6 and continued for six days to an uneasy truce. The team, led by Dr. R.S. Saxena and carrying its own supplies and equipment, was sent by Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Before leaving Dr. Saxena explained to Visnews his team realised the urgency of their cause by reading newspapers. The Israeli actions have led to the destruction of a string of Palestinian guerrilla bases and refugee camps across Lebanon as far north as Beirut. The Lebanese capital itself has also been repeatedly bombarded by the Israeli forces and heavy civilian casualties reported, affecting native Lebanese as well as Palestinians. Dr. Saxena spelt out that his advance party would offer help to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), but their main concern was to help the suffering humanity of Lebanon.