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US wants Malaysia to stop humanitarian aid to Gaza, says Mahathir

May 13, 2024 at 8:19 pm

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an exclusive interview as he visits London within 26th anniversary of the D-8 organization in London, United Kingdom on June 23, 2023 [Raşid Necati Aslım – Anadolu Agency]

Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, said on Monday that the US wants Malaysia “to stop sending humanitarian aid” to Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The Americans think humanitarian aid should not be given to Gaza. It is because it may help Hamas to survive,” Mahathir wrote on X.

“The proper thing to do, according to the Americans, is for bombs and rockets to be supplied to Israel. These can kill Gaza Palestinians who are said to be sheltering Hamas,” he added.

About the Malaysian aid, he said: “The pitifully small amounts of money can only buy food and drinks. Weapons are very costly, running into millions of dollars.”

The south-east Asian nation has donated over $4.2 million in aid to Palestinians since Israel launched its war on 7 October.

It is besides its annual commitment of $200,000 to the UN refugee agency for Palestinians, (UNRWA), from 2021 until next year.

“There may be no Hamas. Only Gaza Palestinian women, children and babies will be killed. It is collateral damage. It’s okay, according to the Americans,” Mahathir added.

Israel has waged a brutal offensive on the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a 7 October Hamas attack, which killed 1,200 people.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

More than 35,000 Palestinians have since been killed in Gaza, mostly women and children, and over 78,700 others injured, according to Palestinian health authorities.

Over seven months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins, pushing 85 per cent of the enclave’s population into internal displacement amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine, according to the UN.

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