Iran’s deputy FM slams Egypt for "not allowing in Iranian aid for Gaza"

Iran Materials 20 August 2014 17:28 (UTC +04:00)

A senior official at the Iran's Foreign Ministry said Egypt's long delay in allowing planeloads of Iranian humanitarian aid to reach Gaza Strip "is not justified."

Although Iran had requested Egypt's permission a long time ago, no permission has been given by the country yet, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian complained, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Aug. 20.

The official criticized Cairo for blocking Tehran's humanitarian aid for Gazans.

"Injured Palestinian children are waiting to be transferred to Iran and receive medical treatment. A number of them have even lost their lives while waiting," said the diplomat.

Amir Abdollahian stressed, "Tehran expects Cairo to immediately act based on its duty."

He reiterated Tehran's support for political efforts made by Cairo to vindicate the rights of the Palestinians.

About 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have lost their lives in the Israeli attacks on Gaza so far and nearly 10,000 others have suffered injuries.