A senior Libyan delegation is set to visit the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in a move to express its solidarity with the Palestinian people who have endured days of intensified Israeli strikes on the coastal enclave. A Libyan government official said on Tuesday that the team will be led by Salah al-Makhzoum, Vice President of Libya’s national assembly and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Seddik Krayem.
"This visit aims to underline the solidarity of Libya with the Palestinian people and the population of Gaza in particular," AFP quoted the source as saying.The source further stated that the delegation is to deliver humanitarian aid including more than 35 tons of food products to the people in Gaza. The North African country’s Red Crescent doctors and rescue workers will also form part of the team. Israeli military forces have conducted more than 1,500 aerial and sea attacks against the Gaza Strip since November 14. The Israeli offensive has left over 130 Palestinians dead, including senior Hamas commander Ahmed al-Ja'abari, the head of Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades. The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured. Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty. MR/MA