Israel-Hamas war: India sends humanitarian aid to Palestine

An IAF C-17 flight carrying medical aid and disaster relief material for the people of Palestine before departing for El-Arish airport in Egypt. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: India on Sunday sent humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine amidst the Israeli war that killed thousands of people on both sides.

Nearly 6.5 tonnes of medical aid and 32 tonnes of disaster relief material were sent by India in a C-17 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The plane is transporting the aid to El-Arish airport in Egypt.

"India sends Humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine. 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," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on 'X'.

"The material includes essential life-saving medicines, surgical items, tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulins, sanitary utilities, water purification tablets among other necessary items," he said.
India sent the aid three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed condolences to the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas over the deaths of civilians at a hospital in Gaza and reiterated India's long-standing "principled position" on the Israel-Palestine issue.

In a phone conversation on Thursday, the prime minister told the Palestine Authority President that New Delhi will continue to send humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people.

India has been supporting Palestine and Palestinian refugees through contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency.

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