In view of the human tragedy unfolding in Gaza, the Government of Pakistan has decided to immediately dispatch humanitarian relief assistance to Gaza, to alleviate the sufferings of the Palestinian brothers and sisters.
The Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement on Monday, said that in the wake of indiscriminate Israeli aggression and siege of the Gaza Strip, the already oppressed people of densely-populated Gaza were in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
“The government is coordinating with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, relevant UN agencies, the Government of Egypt and Pakistan missions abroad to finalize modalities of delivery,” he added.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented assault on Israel on 7 October, with hundreds of gunmen infiltrating communities near the Gaza Strip.
At least 1,400 Israelis have been killed, while the country’s military says 199 soldiers and civilians, including women and children, are being held in Gaza as hostages.
More than 2,700 Palestinians have been killed in numerous air strikes against Gaza by the Israeli military. while Israel has imposed a total blockade on the territory, denying it food, fuel and other essentials.
It is also massing its forces along the Gaza boundary and the Palestinians are bracing themselves for a ground operation which could cost many more deaths.
The US, the European Union and other Western countries have all condemned the Hamas attacks on Israel.
The US, Israel’s closest ally, has over the years given the Jewish state more than $260bn in military and economic aid, and is promising additional equipment and ammunition.
It also said it was sending an aircraft carrier, other ships and jets to the eastern Mediterranean.
Russia and China have both refused to condemn Hamas, and say they are maintaining contact with both sides in the conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed US policy for the absence of peace in the Middle East.
Regional power Iran, meanwhile, is a key supporter of Hamas, as well as that of another regional enemy of Israel, the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.
Questions have been asked about its role in the recent attacks after reports that it gave the go-ahead for them days before.