More Russian Aid on Way to Gaza, as Tel Aviv Criticizes Moscow’s Stance on War

A Russian airplane loading humanitarian aid for Gaza. (Photo: Russian Emergencies Ministry)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Russia has sent the third batch of humanitarian aid to Gaza residents, the Emergencies Ministry said.

“Two special planes of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will deliver 60 tons of humanitarian cargo for the citizens of the Gaza Strip. The Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76s have taken off from the international airport of Grozny to the Arab Republic of Egypt,” the ministry said in a statement, quoted by the Russian news agency, TASS. 

This is the third batch of humanitarian aid to Gaza residents sent by Russia after the situation in the region escalated. Earlier, the Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft delivered 55 tons of cargo.

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Israel ‘Outraged’ 

On Thursday, Israel accused Russia of denying the country its right to “self-defense” after Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, criticized the Israeli army over their ongoing military campaign in Gaza.

The Israeli Ynet news media outlet reported that Israel was “outraged” by the Russian diplomat’s statements, adding that relations between the two nations have been in decline amid the ongoing war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, Nebenzia told an emergency session of the UN General Assembly that Israel could not cite self-defense as a reason for its invasion into Gaza, as it had no jurisdiction to operate in the enclave in the first place and was acting as an “occupying power” there.

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War on Gaza Escalates 

Israel has, thus far, killed over 9,770 Palestinians in Gaza, including 4,800 children, and wounded more 25,000. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

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To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 

(The Palestine Chronicle) 

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