Egypt receives first grpup of critically injured Palestinians from Gaza for treatment

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Nov 2023

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population announced on Wednesday the reception of the first group of injured Palestinians from Gaza through the Rafah border crossing.



According to the health ministry’s spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar,16 of the patients received were transferred to hospitals in North Sinai, with 11 being sent to Arish General Hospital, and five to Bir Al-Abd Hospital.

According to previous reports, Egypt would permit entry to 81 critically injured Palestinians to receive treatment in Egyptian hospitals.

Abdel-Ghaffar noted that all cases are stable and are receiving top-quality medical care from the medical teams at the border crossing and inside the hospitals.

The injured were transported by a fleet of 40 Egyptian ambulances that entered Gaza earlier in the day, according to media reports.

The ministry’s statement also noted that Egyptian doctors at the Rafah crossing examined 117 foreign nationals, including 35 children who received vaccinations against polio, measles, and meningitis, who had been evacuated from the strip.

Both moves are part of a Qatar-mediated deal that was reached between Egypt, Hamas, and Israel to allow for the movement of foreign passport holders and some critically injured people out of besieged Gaza, according to reporting by Reuters.

Egypt has been preparing to aid Palestinians by putting hospitals in North Sinai on alert and guaranteeing the availability of trained medical staff and supplies.

Despite global warnings of a developing humanitarian catastrophe, the Israeli army continues to impose a complete blockade on the 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza, cutting off all access to food, water, power, and fuel supplies.

Till now, Israel’s airstrikes have killed 8,805, including 3,542 children, 2,290 women, and dozens of health personnel, rescue workers, and journalists, the Palestinian health ministry said on Tuesday.

Many hospitals in the Gaza Strip, strained to the hilt due to the unprecedented number of wounded they receive by the minute, are hours away from going out of service as fuel supplies dissipate.

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