Egypt to provide extra 650 tons of food supplies to Palestinians in Gaza

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Nov 2023

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi directed the provision of 650 tons of food supplies to Palestinian people as part of Egypt's ongoing role in supporting Gaza at all levels, according to a statement on Tuesday by the Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Tuesday. Ph
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidency

 

The decision came during El-Sisi's meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Ali Moselhi.

Egypt has already delivered nearly 6,944 tons of aid to Gaza since the start of the war until 10 November, according to the Egyptian Red Crescent. 

On Friday, the Egyptian Red Crescent released an infographic with the countries that provided aid to Gaza, with Egypt leading the list of countries.

On 9 October, Israel declared a "complete siege" on Gaza, with Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant saying Palestinians "will be deprived of food, electricity, and fuel."

Palestinians who escaped Israel's ground invasion in northern Gaza are now facing a severe shortage of food and medicine in the southern region. 

Throughout the course of the war, hundreds of aid trucks have entered Gaza via Egypt's Rafah border crossing, the amount which the UN described as a “drop in the water” compared to the strip’s basic needs, as over 100 trucks are needed daily.

A significant portion of the population has been deprived of essential food items such as meat, eggs, and milk, surviving on just one meal per day. 

“There is a real threat of malnutrition; people are starving,” said Alia Zaki, spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme, according to AP.

The total death toll of Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza is now over 11,240, according to the government’s media office.

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