Iran Sends 95 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza via Egypt

Working with Cairo, Iran's Red Crescent sends food, medicine, a medical team and more to the Strip.


Iran's Red Crescent Society has sent 95 tons of aid – including medicine, medical equipment, food, tents and blankets – to the Gaza Strip, the country's Fars News Agency reported, quoting a senior official of the humanitarian organization.
Egypt has agreed to forward Iranian humanitarian aid to Gaza, Fars said.

It quoted the Iranian Red Crescent Society's deputy head for international affairs, Mohammad Shahabeddin Mohammadi Araqi, as saying that the Red Crescent also coordinated with its peer organizations in Egypt and the Palestinian Authority to help get the aid to the residents of Gaza.

Egypt also issued has visas to an Iranian medical team to enter the Strip, the report quoted Mohammadi Araqi as saying.

The effort arose from Israel's Operation Protective Edge, a seven-week conflict with Hamas in Gaza. The fighting ended August 26 with a cease-fire.

The Fars announcement comes a few days after the Jerusalem Post reported that the Fatah Central Committee accused Hamas of stealing food and medicine sent to Gaza from the West Bank and elsewhere. Fatah said Hamas gave the aid to its members and sold some of it on the black market, the JPost report said.