Egypt evacuates 19 wounded Palestinians from Gaza for treatment on Tuesday



Wed, 08 Nov 2023 - 09:48 GMT


Wed, 08 Nov 2023 - 09:48 GMT

CAIRO – 8 November 2023: Egypt received on Tuesday 19 Palestinian people, who were injured by the Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, for treatment in Egyptian hospitals.

All the cases were examined and diagnosed accurately, the Egyptian Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Also, the quarantine teams at the Rafah border crossing between North Sinai and Gaza examined 663 foreigners, including 139 children who also received the polio, measles and mumps vaccines.

Over the past week, the Rafah crossing has been open for the evacuation of seriously injured people in Gaza as well as foreigners and dual nationals.

Since last Wednesday, Egypt received hundreds of foreigners, dual nationals and injured Palestinians.

For the injured, Egypt has been treating them mainly in North Sinai hospitals, including Al-Arish and Bir El-Abd hospitals. The injured are also transferred as needed to Port Said, Ismailia, and Cairo hospitals.

Minister of Health Khaled Abdel Ghaffar affirmed that the North Sinai hospitals are highly prepared to provide treatment to the injured Palestinians.

In a press conference in Al-Arish early this week, Abdel Ghaffar said Egypt receives 40-50 injured Palestinians every day and is capable to receive much more on a daily basis.

Most of the wounded Palestinians transferred from Gaza sustained serious injuries, the minister said, noting that at least 60% of them are children and women.

Some of the injured lost limbs, while some others had injuries in the brain, eyes, and lungs by shrapnel, the minister explained.

Egypt also received on Tuesday 12 Palestinian children with cancer to be treated in Egyptian hospitals. This comes after the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship hospital, Gaza's only cancer treatment hospital, stopped working due to lack of fuel.

Moreover, Egypt has been delivering aid to Gaza since 21 October coming from many countries around the world as well as from international organizations, UN agencies and Egyptian NGOs.

The non-stop Israeli war against the Gaza Strip since 7 October has left more than 10,000 people dead, mainly women and children, and has injured tens of thousands of individuals.

The Israeli strikes and besiege have also caused many of the hospitals in Gaza to go out of service.



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