Islamabad, 21 October 2023 (TDI): Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Murtaza Solangi, and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lt. General Inam Haider Malik dispatched Humanitarian Relief Assistance to war-ravaged Gaza, Palestine, on October 19.

In the wake of ongoing aggression, siege, and attack on Palestine and especially Gaza, the Government of Pakistan has arranged immediate relief for the oppressed people.

On the instructions of Prime Minister of Pakistan Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) dispatched the first tranche of humanitarian relief assistance.

This comprised 1,000 Special Winterized Tents, 4,000 Blankets, and over 3 Tons of Medicines from Islamabad International Airport via a Chartered Cargo Plane.

Pakistani Envoy Sajid Bilal will send these relief items to Al Arish, Egypt, from where he will hand them over to the Red Crescent Society in Egypt. They will transport the goods from Egypt to Gaza via the land border.

The Government of Pakistan sent subsequent consignments of relief assistance after assessing the need and environment.

Pakistan is standing with Palestinian brothers and sisters in their time of need and will continue to support them, said Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch

She also said that Pakistan strongly condemned the Israeli aggression and blockade, particularly the recent attack on a Gaza hospital. Moreover, she added that Israel’s actions violate international humanitarian and human rights law.

She said deliberate attacks against civilian targets constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pakistan called for an immediate ceasefire; an end to the siege of Gaza; and the facilitation of humanitarian corridors for unrestricted relief supplies.

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Israel brokered an agreement for the first 20 trucks to transport humanitarian supplies across the closed Rafah border into Gaza from Egypt, marking a significant breakthrough.

The only port of entry and departure into Gaza that is not under Israeli control is the Rafah border crossing, where more than 100 trucks loaded with relief supplies have been standing in wait for days.

Cairo has maintained its closure thus far, citing many Israeli attacks in the vicinity of the crossing and expressing concerns that Israel could be attempting to expel Palestinians from Egypt and into the Sinai desert permanently.