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Pakistan Sends Urgent Relief to Gaza as Israel’s War Continues

Pakistan has decided to immediately send humanitarian relief assistance to Gaza, where more than 2,800 Palestinians have been killed and over 10,000 wounded due to Israel’s ongoing aerial bombardment and ground invasion.

The Foreign Office (FO) announced that Pakistan will provide humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian brothers and sisters, who are facing a “complete catastrophe” as Israel continues its indiscriminate aggression and siege of the densely populated Gaza Strip.

The FO said that Pakistan is collaborating with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, relevant United Nations (UN) agencies, the government of Egypt, and the country’s foreign missions abroad to deliver aid to the Palestinians.

The announcement came as Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani spoke with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, and discussed the urgent steps to be taken for the provision of humanitarian assistance and the cessation of hostilities.

Jilani expressed Pakistan’s strong condemnation of Israel’s brutal attacks on innocent civilians and infrastructure in Gaza, and reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

He also urged the international community, especially the UN Security Council, to take immediate and effective action to stop Israel’s aggression and ensure the protection of the Palestinian people.

Jilani appreciated Iran’s role in mobilizing support for the Palestinian cause in the region and beyond, and welcomed Egypt’s efforts to facilitate a ceasefire and open a humanitarian corridor for Gaza.

He also thanked both countries for their solidarity with Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir, and expressed hope for further strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation.

The international community has been divided over the crisis in Gaza. While some countries, such as Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Malaysia and Indonesia, have strongly condemned Israel’s actions and expressed solidarity with the Palestinians, others, such as the US, UK, Germany, France and India, have been more cautious and balanced in their statements.

Pakistan has been one of the most vocal supporters of the Palestinian cause and has consistently advocated for a peaceful resolution of the conflict based on the two-state solution. Pakistan does not recognize Israel as a legitimate state and does not have diplomatic relations with it. Pakistan considers Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and supports its full membership in the UN.

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