Saudi, UAE donate emergency humanitarian aid to Gaza
Saudi Arabian Deputy Foreign Minister Abdel-Aziz bin Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz - REUTERS
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: Saudi Arabian Deputy Foreign Minister Abdel-Aziz bin Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz announced Tuesday that Saudi will donate a sum of 200 million riyals to the Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza, Youm7 reported.

“What is now happening in Gaza is shame on international powers who failed to protect the Palestinian people from the bombings and ground operations launched by the Israeli occupation forces,” Aziz said during the Arab ministerial meeting on Gaza in Cairo Monday.

Aziz wondered why nearly 172 “martyrs” and 1,000 injured did not awake the world’s  consciousness and he called on Arab countries to unite to support and  protect the Palestinian people in Gaza from Israel’s offensive.

Saudi Arabia understands its role and responsibility toward neighbouring countries, Aziz said. He stressed his country’s commitment to doing its best in support the Palestinian people as well as to put an end to the Israel’s aggression.

The UAE announced Monday it will donate a sum of Dh192 million for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohamed Gargash said during the Arab ministerial meeting.

The UAE announced Friday it would donate $52 million in aid for Palestinians. “This shows the support of our country to the strong Palestinians who are still standing to confront Israeli military strikes,” Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said in a statement.

The Egyptian Army sent a second shipment of humanitarian aid to Gaza through Rafah Border Crossing, Youm7 reported Sunday. Five cargos with a total of 100 tons of food aid was handed over to the Palestinian Red Crescent Sunday, an anonymous source told Youm7.

Israeli raids on Gaza began July 1, a day after Israel found the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli settlers in West Bank. The body of Palestinian Mohamed Abo Khodeir, 16, was found mutilated and burned, in what is widely seen as a revenge killing for the death of the Israelis.

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