Iran plans to send aid to the Gaza Strip after Egypt said it would allow the shipment to enter the Palestinian territory, an Iranian diplomatic source said on Friday.
The official IRNA news agency said Cairo had agreed to transfer humanitarian aid bound for the coastal enclave, citing a foreign ministry source in Tehran.
The source said a first Iranian Red Crescent shipment of 100 tons of medicine and food would be flown “soon” to Cairo.
“The package weighs 100 tonnes and consists of food and medication,” IRNA quoted the source as saying.
Tehran said at the end of July it had sent a first shipment of aid to Cairo that was awaiting authorization to enter the enclave via Rafah in southern Gaza.
United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said during a visit to Iran on Sunday that it will take months to repair damage to the UN’s infrastructure caused by the Israeli bombardment.
Iran does not recognize Israel and provides financial and military assistance to Islamist Palestinian terror groups.
Iranian officials have said that Tehran provided Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants with the technology necessary to make rockets.
Iran has condemned Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, and Tehran municipality renamed a key street where the UN headquarters is located “Gaza Avenue”.
Hamas has fired over 3,500 rockets at Israel in the past 46 days, including some 600 from close to schools, mosques and other civilian facilities, the Israeli army said. Over 2,000 people have been killed in Gaza as Israel sought to thwart the rocket attacks and destroy a network of attack tunnels dug by Hamas under the border. Israel says 750-1,000 of the dead are Hamas members and other gunmen. It also blames Hamas for all civilian fatalities, since Hamas set up its rocket-launchers, tunnel openings and other elements of its war machine in Gaza neighborhoods and uses Gazans as “human shields.”
On Friday, a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip. The boy, who was not immediately named, is the first Israeli child to die in the current Israel-Hamas conflict. His death brought the Israeli death toll since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8 to 68.