Egypt to boost Gaza aid with 300 humanitarian trucks daily: SIS chief

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Apr 2024

Head of Egypt's State Information Service (SIS), Diaa Rashwan, said the country has increased the number of humanitarian aid trucks entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing to 300 trucks daily as of Sunday.

Rafah Border Crossing
Rafah Border Crossing

 

Rashwan said the step aligns with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's directives in light of the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

He noted that Egypt has dispatched 322 aid trucks to northern Gaza alone since the start of Ramadan.

In addition, Rashwan highlighted that since the start of Israel’s brutal war on Gaza, 19,354 trucks have entered the strip. These carried 19,952 tons of medical supplies, 10,435 tons of fuel, 123,453 tons of food, 26,692 tons of water, 44,103 tons of other relief materials, and 2,023 tons of tents and tarpaulin.

Rashwan added that Egypt received 3,764 injured and sick people from Gaza and 6,191 accompanying them and provided 123 fully equipped ambulances.

Furthermore, The country, he said, safely evacuated 66,759 foreign nationals (including those with dual citizenship) and 6,330 Egyptians from the besieged strip.

Finally, Rashwan reiterated Egypt's commitment to accelerate delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza and increase assistance in proportion to the escalating humanitarian crisis there.   

On Saturday, a joint human rights mission to document war crimes in Gaza revealed that 70 percent of the international aid provided to the strip until early March came from Egypt.

Since the beginning of the war on 7 October, Egypt has delivered aid to Gaza through ground crossings and several airdrops.

The mission also established a logistics hub on the Egyptian side of Rafah to receive aid from Egypt, foreign countries, and regional and international organisations.

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