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Turkiye, US agree on ensuring uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza

November 6, 2023 at 2:27 pm

Search and rescue operations continue after an Israeli attack on Maghazi Refugee Camp in Deir al Balah, Gaza on November 03, 2023 [Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency]

Turkiye and the US, on Monday, agreed on ensuring uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid to conflict-torn Gaza, where Israel has continued attacks from multiple fronts since the 7 October offensive by Palestinian group, Hamas, Turkish diplomatic sources said, Anadolu Agency reports.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan, and US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, met in Ankara to discuss the ongoing developments in the besieged enclave, as well as bilateral relations.

There was no official statement after the meeting but, according to the sources, Fidan emphasised to his US counterpart the necessity of preventing Israel from targeting civilians, displacing people in Gaza and urging for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire.

Both sides confirmed their consensus on the importance of preventing harm to civilians and ensuring the continuous and uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid, the insiders said, adding that “the meeting also highlighted the importance of working together for a two-state solution”.

Fidan stressed that the bombing of civilian targets and infrastructure in Gaza is unacceptable.

More than 11,300 people have been killed in the conflict, including at least 9,770 Palestinians and nearly 1,600 Israelis.

Besides the large number of casualties and massive displacements, basic supplies are running low for Gaza’s 2.3 million residents due to the Israeli siege.

Both ministers also discussed NATO’s expansion process within the framework of Sweden’s membership, along with bilateral and regional issues, the sources said.

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