Turkey’s Unprecedented Aid Mission to Gaza: The Largest Yet

Turkey’s Red Crescent, Kizilay, plans to send a massive aid shipment to Gaza through Egypt, in its most significant humanitarian mission yet.

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Amid the conflict in Gaza, which has escalated following an attack by Hamas militants on Israel, Turkey has criticized Israel’s actions and called for accountability at the World Court.

With aid access restricted in northern Gaza, Turkey aims to provide relief in collaboration with the Egyptian Red Crescent.

The shipment, heading to Al-Arish port in Egypt, includes 3,000 tons of food, medicine, and essential supplies.

Trucks carrying aid line up near the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Rafah, Egypt, February 1, 2024. (credit: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS)

Ramadan aid to Gaza

“This aid, delivered with the support of the Egyptian Red Crescent, will keep the hopes of Palestinians alive before Ramadan,” said Turkey’s ambassador to Cairo, Salih Mutlu Sen.

Kizilay’s head, Fatma Meric Yilmaz, detailed the logistics of the mission to CNN Turk, stating that the aid will require two voyages to Egypt and then transportation by 200 trucks to Rafah in Gaza.

The aid packages include flour, hygiene products, meals, ambulances, and portable kitchens, addressing immediate and long-term needs of over one million refugees in Gaza.

This initiative is part of Turkey’s broader support for the Palestinian people, as it does not designate Hamas as a terrorist organization like its Western allies and some Gulf nations.