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Egypt Vows to Help Iran to Send Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

TEHRAN, july 24, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani condemned the Israeli brutal attacks on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and said Egypt has agreed to help Iran dispatch its humanitarian aid to Gaza.

"Today we received a message from Egypt at the end of the troika meeting declaring the Arab countrys readiness to help Iran send humanitarian aid to Egypt," Larijani said on the sidelines of a troika meeting of the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Iranian speaker expressed the hope that Egypts promise would meet action. He noted that the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will take practical measures to send medicine and foodstuff to Egypt and from there to the Gaza Strip via land.

The PUIC troika meeting was held in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss ways to stop the Israeli massacre of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The PUIC troika meeting opened in the presence of seven parliament speakers from Iran, Mali, Sudan, Syria, Palestine, Qatar and Turkey as well as several parliamentary delegations from Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan and Oman, and wrapped up work last night.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the PUIC meeting, PUIC Secretary General Mahmoud Erol Kilic pointed to the massacre of the defenseless children and women in Gaza, and said, "Women and children are the main victims of these attacks and the Muslim Ummah should pay prime and main attention to the Palestinian cause as its main agenda."

He noted that 19 lawmakers and 7 parliament speakers are attending the meeting, showing the importance of the event. He urged the meeting to think of ways to put an immediate end to the massacre of the Gazans by the Israelis.

The PUIC Troika consists of the previous, current, and future presidents of the PUIC Conference, which is currently presided by Iran. On July 14, Larijani held phone calls with his Malian and Sudanese counterparts Issaka Sidibé and Fatih Ezzedine al-Mansur as the previous and future chairmen of the PUIC Conference and called for emergency meeting of the PUIC Troika over deadly Israeli air raids on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Reports say over 670 Palestinians have been killed and over 3,700 others wounded in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip over the past 16 days. Since July 8, Israel has struck more than 1,800 targets across Gaza, which is home to around 1.8 million Palestinians.


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