India on Sunday sent a second consignment of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip amid the escalating war between Israeli forces and Hamas militants. The Israeli army has wreaked the most havoc in the Gaza Strip. The death toll in Gaza has exceeded 12,000. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted on Friday that India will continue humanitarian assistance to the people of Palestine.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar informed, “India’s second aircraft MCC C17 aircraft left for Egypt’s El-Arish airport carrying 32 tonnes of aid.”
The distance to El-Arish Airport from Gaza is about 45 km. Rafah is the only crossing point for any humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.
Earlier on October 22, India had sent the first consignment of aid to the Palestinians amid the war. The first batch of 6.5 tonnes of medical aid and 32 tonnes of disaster relief material was sent. This included many essential items including surgical items, tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulin.
It is noteworthy that after the October 7 attack by Hamas, the war has entered the seventh week. So far, more than 12,00 Israelis and more than 12 thousand Palestinians have died in this attack.
Gaza’s biggest hospital becomes dead zone
In the fierce fighting on Gaza, the Israeli army and IDF have captured most of the places. A few days ago, the Israeli Army had conducted an operation on Al-Shifa, the biggest hospital here. There were inputs of there being a tunnel of Hamas terrorists here. Although no tunnels were found, the IDF did recover weapons and ammunition from the hospital. Hamas’ health ministry in Gaza said dozens of people had died in hospitals due to power cuts caused by fuel shortages.