Open humanitarian corridor in Gaza: Owaisi to PM Modi

Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has appealed to Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to open a humanitarian corridor in Gaza.

Stating that 50,000 women in Gaza are pregnant with no proper medical facility, Owaisi said, “Now that we have the G20 presidency we demand from PM Modi that we should condemn this act and provide humanitarian relief to the people in Gaza.”

A massive public meeting was held in Hyderabad on Monday, October 23 to protest against Israel’s action on Palestine, urging the government of India to honour the legacy of support to the people of Gaza.

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Leaders of various political and religious organisations addressed the meeting held at Darussalam, the headquarters of the AIMIM.

Israel-Hamas conflict

The ongoing armed conflict between Hamas-led Palestinian militant groups and Israel began on 7 October 2023 with a coordinated surprise offensive on Israel. The attack began in the morning with a barrage of at least 5,000 rockets launched from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip against Israel.

An Israeli shell landed in a gathering of international journalists covering clashes on the border in southern Lebanon on Friday, killing a Reuters videographer and leaving six other journalists injured.

Israel has cut off supplies of food, fuel, electricity and medicine into Gaza. The only crossing point between Egypt and Gaza was shut down Tuesday following nearby Israeli airstrikes. Internet connectivity in Gaza City has been below 20% since Tuesday.

On the Israeli side, at least 1,405 people have been killed, including 306 soldiers and 5,431 injured. Israel’s strikes have triggered a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, causing severe water and food shortages, and significant concern for the region’s impoverished residents.

A top UN official said on Monday that fuel requirement for the besieged Gaza Strip is as “urgent as water and food”, adding that the two aid convoys that entered the Hamas-controlled enclave over the weekend have barely alleviated the dire conditions.