KUWAIT: Humanitarian aid bound for Gaza through Egypt is loaded into a military aircraft on Oct 24, 2023. – KUNA
KUWAIT: Humanitarian aid bound for Gaza through Egypt is loaded into a military aircraft on Oct 24, 2023. – KUNA

Kuwait slams use of starvation as weapon against Palestinians

Kuwait sends second Gaza relief aid plane, calls for meeting of Arab human rights panel

ROME/KUWAIT: Kuwait urged on Tuesday the international community, represented by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), to prevent the use of starvation as a military and political weapon against Palestinians in Gaza, and to ensure delivering humanitarian aid to them. Kuwait’s permanent representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Yousef Jheil made the remarks during the UN committee’s annual meeting, which was held at FAO’s headquarters addressing the starvation and the siege imposed by the Zionist government on the people of Gaza.

Jheil also said Kuwait appeals to the member states of CFS to adhere to the right to food for all without discrimination in accordance with the charter of the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations. He also called on member states and the international community to accelerate the delivery of food and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, calling on FAO and all its member states to search for urgent solutions to confront the acute shortage of food and water in the strip. Representatives of member states from various regions of the world supported Kuwait’s position in support of saving the Palestinian people from the threat of starvation.

Meanwhile, a second Kuwaiti plane loaded with 10 tons of humanitarian and relief aid for Palestinians arrived at Egypt’s Al-Arish airport on Tuesday. Speaking to KUNA, charity officials said the medical and food supplies will be offered to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) through the Rafah border crossing to hand them out to brothers in the Gaza Strip. They stressed Kuwait’s continued support and urgent humanitarian and relief aid to the people in Gaza. They extolled Amiri directives to launch an air bridge to send humanitarian and relief assistance to brothers in the Gaza Strip through the Kuwait Red Crescent

Society (KRCS) in coordination with its Egyptian counterpart.

Public Relations Officer at International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO) Saud Al-Kandari said several charities and philanthropists offered accelerated humanitarian and relief aid to brothers who are affected in the Strip. He pointed to the continuation of the Kuwaiti air bridge to provide Gazans with basic needs in order to face the Zionist occupation’s siege imposed on Gaza.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Al-Salam Charity Nabil Al-Aoun commended continuous coordination between the charity and the IICO to prepare all needs for Palestinian brothers. He said the charity communicated with KRCS to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah border, in coordination with Egyptian and Palestinian Red Crescent Societies. He indicated that Palestine Red Crescent Society has called for humanitarian aid including foodstuff, clothes for children, blankets and medical supplies and devices.

Kuwait on Tuesday called for holding an extraordinary meeting of the Arab Permanent Committee on Human Rights at the Arab League to respond to the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Zionist occupation against Palestinians in Gaza. The Kuwaiti foreign ministry said in a press release that the call came due to the Zionist occupation’s continued targeting of civilians, in addition to its collective punishment, in a flagrant breach of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. It also came to urge the international community to seek to attain an immediate ceasefire, ensure humanitarian aid and lift the blockage on the Gaza Strip, the ministry said. – KUNA

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