Chinese Government Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Strip via Egypt

China continues to provide vital humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza amid ongoing conflict, highlighting international efforts to alleviate the crisis.

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Hadeel Hashem
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Chinese Government Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Strip via Egypt

Chinese Government Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Strip via Egypt

On April 19, 2024, a batch of humanitarian aid provided by the Chinese government to Palestinians arrived at the Al-Arish airport in North Sinai Province, Egypt. The supplies, which included food, medicine, and other emergency aid, were unloaded from a plane to help ease the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Chinese embassy in Egypt, the Chinese government has continued to provide aid to Palestine and has sent several batches of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip through Egypt since the outbreak of the latest round of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on October 7, 2023.

The embassy has been actively coordinating with various Egyptian government departments and organizations to ensure the secure and prompt delivery of the aid to the people of Gaza.

Two more batches of Chinese humanitarian aid, including tents, blankets, cotton clothing, medical supplies, and flour, arrived at Al-Arish airport and Port Said in Egypt on April 18-19, 2024, and will be transported to Gaza via the Rafah border crossing. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, China is intensifying efforts to provide food supplies to the Gaza Strip, with Chinese aid of rice set to arrive at Egypt's Port Said on March 28 and then be transported to the Strip through the Rafah crossing.

The Egyptian government has directed international aid flights for Gaza to the Al-Arish airport in northern Sinai, though the delivery of relief into the Palestinian enclave has been hampered by Israeli bombardments around the border.

The Rafah crossing between Sinai and Gaza remained open, but Egyptian strikes prevented normal operations there. Egypt has asked Israel to avoid targeting the Palestinian side of the crossing.

The stocks of aid, medicine, and fuel in Gaza have been running low. Al-Arish airport was prepared to receive aid deliveries from Qatar and Jordan, but these would not leave the airport until humanitarian passageways had been established. Egypt and Jordan have received assurances from the United States that aid would be delivered to Gaza, but it is unclear if there has been any progress in talks to secure a limited ceasefire to allow deliveries.

Why this matters: The ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, exacerbated by the latest round of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has left the Palestinian population in dire need of emergency aid and relief supplies. China's continued provision of humanitarian assistance to Gaza through Egypt highlights the international community's efforts to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians amid the intricate geopolitical situation in the region.

The Palestinian government and people have expressed sincere gratitude and deep respect to China for its timely and meaningful assistance during the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Diab Al-Louh stated, "We express our sincere thanks and gratitude to China for the urgent aid it has provided to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Israeli aggression."

Key Takeaways

  • China sent humanitarian aid to Gaza through Egypt amid the latest Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
  • The aid included food, medicine, tents, blankets, and other emergency supplies.
  • Egypt directed aid flights to Al-Arish airport, but Israeli bombardments disrupted delivery to Gaza.
  • China is intensifying aid efforts during Ramadan to provide food supplies to Gaza.
  • The Palestinian government expressed gratitude for China's timely and meaningful assistance.