India sends humanitarian aid to Gaza amid war
New Delhi : India has extended its humanitarian support to the people of Gaza where crisis has been escalating in the recent days. The aid consists of essential items such as life-saving medicines, surgical supplies, tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulins, sanitary utilities, and water purification tablets.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) played an important role in transporting approximately 6.5 tons of medical assistance and 32 tons of disaster relief supplies aboard an IAF C-17 flight. Presently, this cargo is in transit to El-Arish airport in Egypt, where it will be transferred to the Egyptian Red Crescent. Subsequently, these supplies will be directed toward Gaza, providing a ray of hope to a population struggling with a severe humanitarian emergency.
Taking to X (formerly Twitter), External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi wrote, "An IAF C-17 flight carrying nearly 6.5 tonnes of medical aid and 32 tonnes of disaster relief material for the people of Palestine departs for El-Arish airport in Egypt."
India's support to Palestine follows a conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which took place three days ago. During their Thursday discussion, PM Modi assured that India would persist in providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. He also expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of civilian lives in the Gaza Strip resulting from the hospital bombing.
"During our conversation, we both expressed our profound concern about the terrorism, violence, and the worsening security situation in the region. I reaffirmed India's steadfast and principled stance on the Israel-Palestine matter," Prime Minister Modi stated after his discussion with President Abbas.