50 trucks carrying humanitarian aid cross from Egypt to Gaza



Thu, 18 Jan 2024 - 12:21 GMT


Thu, 18 Jan 2024 - 12:21 GMT

The Egyptian Red Crescent delivers aid to Gaza - FILE/ERC

The Egyptian Red Crescent delivers aid to Gaza - FILE/ERC

CAIRO – 18 January 2024: The Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) dispatched 50 trucks carrying food, medicine, medical supplies, water, tents, and blankets to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.

Half of the trucks contain aid provided by the ERC, while 15 trucks were sent by the Turkish Red Crescent Society and eight trucks carried aid from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief). The two remaining trucks include one from Kuwait and one from Belgium.

Egypt has taken it upon itself to deliver tens of thousands of tons of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian civilians, especially as the ongoing Israeli attacks have caused the strip to suffer from one of the world’s worst humanitarian conditions.

Meanwhile, Egypt has been working to deliver aid to the Palestinians while calling for the removal of Israel’s “deliberate” obstacles, including complicated and extremely slow inspection measures.

Since the Israeli aggression started on 7 October, Gaza has received 7,000 tons of medical aid, 50,000 tons of food materials, 20,000 tons of water, 1000 tents, and other essential supplies, as well as 11,000 tons of additional relief aid, Diaa Rashwan, the Head of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS), said in mid-January.

Moreover, 88 new ambulances and 4,500 tons of fuel and butane have been delivered. Rashwan added that approximately 9,000 humanitarian aid trucks have entered Gaza from the Egyptian side over the past 100 days.

Egypt has received 1,210 injured Palestinians and patients from Gaza for treatment in its hospitals and hospitals in other brotherly and friendly countries, along with around 1,085 accompanying individuals, he stated.

Furthermore, a total of 23,000 Palestinians, foreigners and dual nationals as well as 2,623 Egyptians have entered Egypt from Gaza, he noted.

Rashwan said that Egypt’s civil society, government, and individual donations have accounted for 82 percent of the humanitarian aid that entered Gaza during the Israeli aggression.

He stressed Egypt’s commitment to intensifying its efforts to expedite the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza and increase the quantity of aid to alleviate the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in the strip.



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