200 aid trucks enter Gaza on first day of truce: Egypt's SIS head

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Nov 2023

A total of 200 aid trucks entered the Gaza Strip on Friday, the first day of the truce between Israel and Hamas, according to the Head of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan.

People stand next to trucks carrying humanitarian aid entering the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing with Egypt, hours after the start of a four-day truce in battles between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants, on November 24, 2023. AFP


The humanitarian aid trucks were accompanied by two ambulances provided by Egypt’s Tahya Misr Fund, 15 trucks containing a Jordanian field hospital, and 11 trucks containing an Emirati field hospital.

Rashwan also mentioned that Egypt received 17 injured Palestinians with their 15 escorts and 12 others who travelled to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

He stated that a total of 134 Palestinians who were stranded in Egypt returned to Gaza upon their request.

Rashwan concluded his statements by highlighting the success of the first day of the ceasefire, which saw the complete cessation of gunfire and Israeli overflights of the strip.

Furthermore, the exchange of prisoners and detainees was completed under full Egyptian supervision. 

On Friday evening, Egypt secured the release of 12 Thai nationals and 13 Israelis, including children and women, who were held in captivity in Gaza.

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