Deputy FM: Iranian food, medical aids waiting for pass license to Gaza

Tehran, July 24, IRNA – Deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs said here early Thursday morning Iran's first consignment of food and medical aids for Gaza residents has been dispatched to Egypt via air and is waiting for passage license through Rafah passage.

'Following the issuance of an order by President Hassan Rouhani addressed to the foreign minister, the first consignment of the Iranian Red Crescent Society's food and medical aids for the Gaza residents was forwarded to Egypt by plane later the same day and is ready to be transferred to that war-torn region and being distributed among the people in need,' Hossein Amir Abdollahian told IRNA.

He added that the Iranian humanitarian aids have been delivered to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry that is in charge of issuing the passage permit.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister also announced that Iran is also consulting with the concerned Cairo and the Gaza officials for transferring a number of the injured Palestinians to Iranian hospitals for treatment, as the Gaza hospitals are either overloaded with the injured victims of the mad Zionist invasion, or destroyed intentionally by that usurper regime.

Amir Abdollahian said that the Egyptian officials have announced readiness for receiving and dispatching to Gaza of the Iranian humanitarian aids.

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday ordered his cabinet's foreign and health ministers to urgently forward medicine, medical facilities, first aids, and food stuff for Palestinian people and injured individuals in Gaza under bestial Zionist attacks.

The president in his order also asked the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to harmonize with the Palestinian and Egyptian Red Crescent societies for delivering the Iranian medical aids, medical facilities, doctors and relief and rescue forces through the Rafah Passage to the oppressed and injured Palestinians in Gaza.

President Rouhani has also asked Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to announce the Islamic Republic of Iran's readiness for curing the injured Palestinians in the Iranian hospitals and to arrange for their safe transfer to Iran for the purpose.

More than 650 Palestinians have been killed as well as 29 Israeli soldiers and two civilians as two weeks of airstrikes and rocket attacks were followed by an Israeli ground offensive inside Gaza.

That is while the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that there is a 'strong possibility' Israel is violating international law in Gaza.

Opening an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Navi Pillay said Israel's punitive house demolitions and killing of Palestinians raised serious concerns of excessive use of force.