New Delhi: India dispatched 6.5 tonnes of medical aid and 32 tonnes of disaster relief supplies to support the people of Palestine, who have been enduring the Israel-Hamas conflict. This humanitarian aid was transported via an Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft to El-Arish airport in Egypt.
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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.
The material includes essential life-saving medicines,… pic.twitter.com/28XI6992Ph
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) October 22, 2023
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi announced the aid shipment, which includes vital medical supplies, surgical equipment, tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulins, sanitary facilities, water purification tablets, and other essential items.
This gesture of assistance comes three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, for the loss of civilian lives in a Gaza hospital. During their phone conversation, Prime Minister Modi reaffirmed India’s principled stance on the Israel-Palestine issue and pledged continued humanitarian support for the Palestinian people.
India has a history of supporting Palestine and Palestinian refugees, including contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).