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News ID: 5297
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Publish Date: 8:33 - 16 October 2014
Tehran, YJC. The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has sent aid convoys to the war-torn Gaza Strip in order to alleviate the hardships people are suffering there.

Shahabeddin Mohammadi-Araqi, IRCS deputy for international and humanitarian affairs, said In a press conference in the Iranian capital city of Tehran that the society has dispatched aid packages, including "tents, blankets, food, and medical products worth 890,000 dollars” to Gaza.

"To alleviate the hardships of people of Gaza, in the first phase of our plan, we gathered 3.6 million dollars from people and we then sent our representatives to negotiate with the Egyptian and Palestinian Red Crescent Society based in Cairo to be able to evaluate the situation and take coordinating measures in Gaza,” he said.

Israel started a war on the Gaza Strip on July 8. The war killed over 2,100 and injured 11,000 others.

The war ended on August 26 with a truce that took effect after negotiations in the Egyptian capital.

Visiting Gaza on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was shocked at the devastation to some of the areas worst hit during Tel Aviv's 50-day onslaught,

He urged Israeli officials to be held accountable for the crimes.

According to official figures released by Palestinian sources, more than 15,600 housing units were damaged in the Israeli attacks, while over 2,200 houses were totally destroyed.

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