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Venezuela welcomes 119 Palestinian students

November 6, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is welcoming 119 Palestinian students who will study medicine on grants provided by the Latin American country’s socialist government.

The students landed in Caracas on Thursday. They will study at a school of medicine about two hours outside the capital.

The plan has been in the works since the Israeli offensive in Gaza this summer that is believed to have killed more than 2,000 Palestinians.

On Thursday, officials reaffirmed the Venezuelan government’s support for a Palestinian state and its condemnation of Zionism.

Over the summer, Venezuela announced plans to take in hundreds of Palestinian children in need of medical care. The government released photographs of the home it had built for them, named after the late President Hugo Chavez, but it never announced their arrival.

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