Sat, 12 Jun 2021 - 11:03 GMT
Egypt sends 65 tons of medical aids to Gaza Strip as Israeli bombings continue
CAIRO - 12 July 2020: Egypt was unsatisfied with the political role to address the recent crisis that occurred in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli occupation, which lasted for 11 days.
The Egyptian state hastened to open the Rafah border crossing to receive injured as a result of the Israeli aggression, in conjunction with the transfer of relief shipments and medical aid.
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.
Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed announced Tuesday that 65 tons of medicines and medical supplies were sent to Palestine to support the injured brothers in the Gaza Strip as the situation worsens amid continued Israeli bombings.
The ministry explained that the medical aid shipment includes surgical supplies for burns and plastic surgery in addition to operating supplies for internal and emergency departments, radiology and fracture supplies, in addition to oxygen holders, cylinders, ventilators, anesthesia devices, and oxygen cylinders and syringes.
On May 18, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced during his visit to Paris that Egypt is allocating $500 million to the reconstruction of Gaza Strip, and that Egyptian firms will take part in the work.
The announcement was made during his participation in a tripartite summit with his French counterpart Emanuel Macron and Kind Abdullah of Jordan.
Egypt’s Sovereign Fund, Tahya Misr, announced, allocating account No. (037037 - Reconstruction of Gaza) in all Egyptian banks, to receive financial contributions and donations to meet the living and medicinal needs of the Palestinian people and for the reconstruction of their country.
Tahya Misr also is preparing to send a humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza Strip, including more than 100 containers, under the slogan [We share for humanity].
On May 20, Cairo succeeded, to secure ceasefire in Gaza. The mutually-agreed suspension of fire will come into force at 2 a.m. Palestine local time on May 21.
Two Egyptian security delegations will be dispatched to Tel Aviv and Palestinian territories to follow up the with the ceasefire implementation and maintain the stability of the situation inside the strip.
Regional and international parties welcomed the ceasefire that was reached as a result of the Egyption efforts exerted during the past period.
On May 22, an aid convoy sent by "Long Live Egypt Fund" was on its way to the Gaza Strip in line with President El Sisi's directives to back the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
The convoy of trucks crossed Al Shahid Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel en route to the enclave.
It comprises 120 containers with 2,500 tons of dried foodstuff, vegetables, frozen pourtly, fruits, mattresses, carpets, blankets, disinfectants, medical masks, clothes and medicines, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said, adding that the convoy grouped 130 aid-laden trucks.
On June 3, Egyptian engineering equipment and crews had entered Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, to contribute to removing the rubble of destroyed homes in the Strip to prepare the ground for the reconstruction process.
This comes per al Sisi directions and as part of the Egyption initiative in the reconstruction process.
President Sisi directed, with the rapid sending and entry of equipment into Gaza Strip.
It was stated that these directions came in response to the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen], and based on the outcomes of Head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service (GIS), Abbas Kamel meeting with the ministers of the Palestinian Authority.
On May 7, clashes began between Israeli forces in the West Bank and Jerusalem and civilians as the latter were protesting forced displacement, particularly from Sheikh Jarrah in Eastern Jerusalem, and assaults on worshippers in Al Aqsa Mosque. And, on May 10-20, Israel shelled and carried out airstrikes against Gaza Strip. The violence and aggression across Palestinian territories incurred 243 deaths, including 66 children, and 6,039 injuries, as reported by the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA).
In Gaza Strip where most deaths occurred, injuries stood at 1,910. In the West Bank, 441 Palestinian protesters were shot with live rounds, and 172 were shot with rubber-coated bullets among other injuries caused by tear gas, and beating up. As for Palestinians who got detained in Jerusalem and the West Bank, the figure is 850.
The strikes also caused the destruction of more than 2,000 residential units in Gaza Strip while 15,000 others were partially damaged, according to AP. As a consequence, 50,000 Palestinians fled from the North to the South of Gaza Strip.
Last week, Head of the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) Heba Waly said that the manufacture of China’s Sinovac vaccine in Egypt will take between 8 to 16 weeks.
“We are racing against time to finish our work, as the manufacturing process will start within the current month” Waly said, adding that by the end of this year, VACSERA aims to produce 40 million doses of the vaccine.
Minister of Health Hala Zayed also said earlier that Egypt’s administration gives special interest in locally manufacturing the coronavirus vaccine.
Egypt plans to make Egypt a regional hub for producing the vaccine in Africa after meeting the local needs, as the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) would be the main manufacturer to the Chinese Sinovac in Africa, Zayed said while receiving Chinese experts from Sinovac at VACSERA HQ.