Egypt allocates 165 ambulances, 11 hospitals to transfer, receive injured Palestinians from Gaza

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Mon, 17 May 2021 - 05:33 GMT

FILE - Egyptian ambulances at the Rafah border crossing - Reuters

FILE - Egyptian ambulances at the Rafah border crossing - Reuters

CAIRO – 17 May 2021: Egypt announced on Monday allocating a total of 165 ambulances and 11 hospitals for the treatment of the Palestinians injured due to the Israeli aggression on Gaza, which claimed the lives of dozens of Palestinians.

Health Minister Hala Zayed reviewed with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly the state's plan to transfer and support the injured Palestinians coming from Gaza, amid the week-long aggression on the strip.

In a Cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Zayed said the ministry has allocated 165 ambulances to transfer the injured Palestinians, including 50 equipped with intensive care units and ventilators.

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There will be 65 ambulances that work in the North Sinai cities and the remaining 50 ambulances will act as a backup, Zayed said.

Hospitals that would receive and treat the injured Palestinians are based on three support lines; which are the hospitals of North Sinai, the hospitals of Ismailia and the hospitals of Greater Cairo, Zayed said.

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Three hospitals in North Sinai will receive the injured Palestinians with a total of 288 beds in addition to 81 ICU beds and 233 doctors, according to Zayed.

Two hospitals in Ismailia will also receive the injured Gaza citizens with a total of 385 beds and 85 ICU beds and 1,145 doctors and nurses.

In Greater Cairo, six hospitals will receive the patients with a total of 784 beds, 179 ICU beds and 3,606 doctors and nurses.

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Cases coming from Gaza through the Rafah Crossing will be transferred to the Sheikh Zuweid hospital in North Sinai in case they require urgent medical intervention.

They will then be moved to the El-Arish General Hospital and Bir El-Abd Central Hospital in North Sinai, Zayed noted.

Patients whose cases are highly serious will be kept at the Sheikh Zuweid hospital and will be reevaluated.

The operations room and the central chamber in North Sinai is in charge of transferring the injured Palestinians to the Cairo and Ismailia hospitals, Zayed said.

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Zayed said the health directorates in North Sinai and Ismailia have been supported by an exceptional batch of medicine and emergency equipment that would be sufficient over the next three months.

Also, the state of preparedness has been raised in the regional blood bank in Arish to supply the hospitals with donated blood and its derivatives, Zayed said.

The ministry also coordinated with the regional blood bank in Ismailia to provide a reserve of donated blood and its derivatives when required.

The Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past week have left over 200 Palestinian people killed, including women and children.

The air strikes were triggered by Hamas's rocket attack against Israeli cities in retaliation for the Israeli aggression on Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Egypt has taken political and diplomatic steps to encourage ceasefire, condemn the Israeli aggression and support the Palestinian’s legitimate rights.

In his speech delivered before a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session on May 16, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry stipulated that the current Israeli aggression against Palestinians mandates the Security Council to fulfill its duties by thoroughly examining the root causes and backing the only fair and sustainable solution that is the two-state solution.

Shoukry also held phone calls with ministers to confer over the military confrontation in Gaza Strip and the rest of Palestinian territories.

Know about 10 diplomatic steps Egypt has taken since the start of the Israeli aggression on Jerusalem.

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