Gaza aid in Arish about to run out: Egyptian Red Crescent

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 16 Nov 2023

The Egyptian Red Crescent Society (ERCS) warned that it is “close to running out” of humanitarian aid stored at a warehouse in Arish for the embattled Gaza Strip.

An Egyptian Red Crescent member
File Photo: An Egyptian Red Crescent member stands next to a shipment of humanitarian aid bound for the Gaza Strip unloaded off a Qatar Emiri Air Force C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft after landing at Arish International Airport in North Sinai province in northeastern Egypt on Nov, 2023. AFP

 

The ERCS has received limited amounts of aid, Rami Al-Nazer, CEO of the society told the media on Thursday.

Some 1,090 trucks carrying 18,800 tons of aid crossed into Gaza via the Rafah crossing in the past weeks, Al-Nazer said. This amount does not cover the daily needs of the Strip’s 2.3 million people, he added.

Egypt has designated North Sinai's Arish International Airport for receiving international humanitarian assistance bound for Gaza.

Arish city, the capital of North Sinai, is located about 50km west of the Rafah border crossing, the only crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Egypt has provided a total of 10,200 tons of aid, while the contributions of other countries and international organizations have reached 8,800 tons, Nevine El-Qabbaj, the Egyptian minister of social solidarity, said on Thursday.

Israel has been bombarding Gaza non-stop since 7 October, including the vicinity of hospitals and refugee camps, and made several raids into the Strip, rejecting all international and regional calls for a ceasefire.

Since the onset of war, Israel has killed 11,500 Palestinians, including 4,710 children, according to the government in Gaza.

As part of its campaign against Gazans, Israel has blockaded the Gaza Strip, cutting off all water, food, and fuel supplies and putting several hurdles delaying the delivery of aid into Gaza.

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