Iran sends aid to war-torn Gaza Strip


The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has sent aid convoys to the besieged Gaza Strip in order to alleviate the hardships people are suffering in the war-stricken Palestinian territory.

In a press conference in the Iranian capital city of Tehran, Shahabeddin Mohammadi-Araqi, IRCS deputy for international and humanitarian affairs, said the society has dispatched aid packages, including “tents, blankets, food, and medical products worth 890,000 dollars” to Gaza.

“To alleviate the hardships of people of Gaza, in the first phase of our plan, we gathered 3.6 million dollars from people and we then sent our representatives to negotiate with the Egyptian and Palestinian Red Crescent Society based in Cairo to be able to evaluate the situation and take coordinating measures in Gaza,” he said.

The Israeli regime started a war on the impoverished Gaza Strip on July 8, which killed over 2,100 and injured 11,000 others.

The Israeli war ended on August 26 with a truce that took effect after negotiations in the Egyptian capital.

In a visit to Gaza on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed shock at the devastation to some of the areas worst hit during Tel Aviv’s 50-day onslaught on the coastal sliver and urged Israeli officials to be held accountable for the crimes.

“There is no question at all that there needs to be a tremendous influx of aid for the situation in Gaza,” said Ken O’keef, a pro-Palestinian activist.

According to official figures released by Palestinian sources, more than 15,600 housing units were damaged in the Israeli attacks, while over 2,200 houses were totally destroyed.

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