In a gesture of humanitarian support, Russia has declared its intention to provide 27 tons of aid to the people of the Gaza Strip amidst the escalating conflict in the region. This initiative, directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on behalf of the Russian government, was announced by Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry on Telegram.
A special aircraft has departed from Moscow en route to Egypt’s El-Arish airport in the Sinai Peninsula, carrying essential supplies such as flour, sugar, rice, and pasta.
The Russian humanitarian aid is intended to be transferred to the Egyptian Red Crescent Society for delivery to the Gaza Strip. Currently, Gaza is grappling with a severe humanitarian crisis, characterized by a lack of electricity, dwindling water, food, fuel, and medical resources.
The conflict in the region began on October 7 when the Palestinian group Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, involving a series of rocket attacks and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea, and air. This was a response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and increasing violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians. Subsequently, the Israeli military initiated Operation Swords of Iron, targeting Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to alleviate the significant human suffering experienced by the residents of the region. As the conflict persists, casualties continue to rise, with at least 3,478 Palestinians and more than 1,400 Israelis losing their lives since the start of the operation.