Iran Sends Aid Despite Trade War Against It!*
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced that Iran is ready to dispatch humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli regime continues its relentless assault on the besieged territory.
The IRCS sent a letter to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society on Friday, condemning the Israeli aggression against Gaza and expressing readiness to send relief supplies and medical assistance to the coastal sliver, IRNA reported.
At least 30 Palestinians have been killed and over 280 others injured in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since Wednesday.
The Israeli Army says it has hit more than 600 targets across the coastal enclave in the past three days and is reportedly preparing for a ground offensive against the Palestinian territory.
The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.
Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.
The consignment weighs about 50 tons and is worth more than USD100,000, Alireza Aqaei, the IRCS representative in Pakistan said on Saturday.
He added that the relief aid was sent to the people of Jacobabad district in Sindh province, one of the worst hit areas.
The Iranian official said that the consignment includes foodstuff and relief items, adding that the aid batch was sent to Pakistan after an assessment of the basic needs of people in flood-stricken areas.
Hundreds of people have been killed across Pakistan due to weeks of monsoon floods in the country.
An overall five million people have also been affected by the floods in the provinces of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab.
The worst hit area has been the Sindh province with more than half of the flood-related deaths.
Pakistan has suffered destructive floods over the past two years.
In 2010, the country was hit by the worst floods in its history, which took the lives of nearly 1,800 people and affected about 21 million others.
Iran’s Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) launched a feeding program in the famine-stricken capital city of Mogadishu on Tuesday, as part of its ongoing aid relief for the people of the African country.
According to Jalil Setayeshfar of the IKRF, the program, which was launched on the Muslim holiday of ‘Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), aims to help feed thousands of displaced people in several camps throughout the country.
He said that the foundation, along with the Islamic Republic Red Crescent team, plans to launch bigger projects in the future, including borehole drilling in order for the impoverished people to have access to clean drinking water.
“We thank the Iranian Red Crescent society and the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation for remembering us during the famine. We hope our Muslim brothers will come to our rescue,” a refugee told the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu.
Iranian Red Crescent is among the first groups to initiate a program to resettle internally displaced persons after the UN declared that three regions of Somalia are no longer experiencing famine.
Drought and famine affected millions of people across Africa with Somalia being the hardest-hit country in what was described as the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in 60 years.
IKRF opened up offices in Mogadishu during the peak of the 2011 famine as a part of its continued assistance to the people of Somalia.
Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees, who fled the drought and famine, continue to languish in camps in Mogadishu, and depend on assistance from well-wishers.
Iran has dispatched thousands of tons of food aid and medical supplies to the people of Somalia.