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Pakistan Sends Third Batch of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Amid Israeli Siege

Pakistan has once again demonstrated its unwavering support and solidarity with the Palestinian people by sending the third batch of humanitarian relief assistance to Gaza, which has been under a brutal Israeli siege and bombardment since October 7.

A special flight of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) carrying about 20 tonnes of essential items, including surgical or medical supplies, dry food items, gift bags for children, and hygiene kits, departed from Noor Khan Air Base, Rawalpindi, on Monday.

The aid shipment will reach Al-Arish city of Egypt, where the Pakistani ambassador posted in Cairo will receive the relief supplies and coordinate with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and relevant UN agencies for their onward delivery to Gaza.

The departure ceremony at Noor Khan Air Base was attended by caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani, Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan Ahmed Rabi, officials of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and senior officers of the armed forces.

Speaking on the occasion, Jilani expressed his full support and sympathy to the Palestinian people and strongly condemned the Israeli aggression and blockade, particularly the recent attack on a Gaza hospital, which killed dozens of patients and staff.

He said that Israel’s actions violated international humanitarian and human rights law and constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity. He called for an immediate ceasefire, an end to the siege of Gaza, and the facilitation of humanitarian corridors for unrestricted relief supplies to the suffering population of Gaza.

He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the two-state solution of the Palestinian issue, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

He said that Pakistan would continue to stand with the Palestinian brothers and sisters in this hour of difficulty and would arrange more humanitarian aid for Gaza very soon.

This was the third aid consignment that Pakistan has sent to Gaza since the outbreak of the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict which was started on October 7.

Since then, Israel has unleashed a relentless bombing campaign on the densely populated Gaza Strip, killing at least 22,000 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and displacing over one million people. Entire city blocks have been levelled, water, food, and power have been cut off, and humanitarian access has been severely restricted.

Earlier, NDMA had sent two relief consignments containing special winter tents, blankets, medicine and food packs to the distressed people of Gaza via Egypt.

Pakistan has also been actively raising its voice for the Palestinian cause at various international forums, including the UN, the OIC, and the NAM, and urging the international community to take urgent steps to stop the Israeli aggression, protect the Palestinian civilians, and revive the peace process.

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