Egypt sends 82 Gaza-bound humanitarian aid trucks to Ouga crossing: Sky News

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Nov 2023

Egypt sent 82 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to El-Ouga (Nitzana) border crossing with Israel for inspection before they are delivered to the Gaza Strip, Sky News reported on Sunday.

Palestinians unload boxes of medicine from a truck arrived at Nasser Medical Complex in southern Gaza as part of the aid batch that entered in to the Gaza strip from Rafah crossing Sunday. AP


Israel has imposed complicated and slow-paced inspection measures on aid bound for Gaza. Aid trucks from Egypt have to travel from North Sinai to El-Ouga crossing before they head to the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

The 100 km journey delays the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in late October.

Egypt has delivered 750 humanitarian aid trucks to Gaza since Israeli started its unrelenting war and imposed a full siege on the strip on 7 October, according to figures released by the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) on Saturday.

Only 27 countries have sent humanitarian aid to Gaza, according to the ERC, totaling 9,262 tons. Of this, 6,944 tons have been sent by Egypt alone.

Besides aid, Egypt has evacuated hundreds of foreign passport holders from Gaza out of around 7,000 foreigners there since the beginning of November.

Today, 300 foreigners crossed the Rafah crossing to Egypt, including tens of Russian and Polish citizens.

Egypt has also evacuated dozens of seriously injured Palestinians and cancer patients from Gaza, where hospitals keep going out of service due to the Israeli strikes and lack of fuel. Since the beginning of the war, Israel has banned fuel from entering the strip.

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