Egypt receives 24 wounded Palestinians from Gaza for treatment

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 25 Dec 2023

Egypt received, through the Rafah crossing, on Monday 24 Palestinians who were wounded in Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, according to a medical source.

A Palestinian youth lying in an ambulance for treatment gestures as he lies on a gurney after crossing from the Gaza Strip enter the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian enclave following evacuation on December 18, 2023 amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas. AFP


Twenty companions escorted the wounded on their journey from Gaza, where hospitals are heavily affected by the Israeli attacks.

The wounded were transported to many hospitals in Egyptian cities, including Arish, Sheikh Zuweid, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez, and Cairo, to receive the necessary treatment, the source added.

The group is suffering several injuries including fractures and wounds in the head, eye, and body caused by shrapnel, according to the source.

On Saturday, the Rafah crossing received 21 wounded Palestinians and 132 foreigners. 

Since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza, Egypt has received dozens of injured Palestinians for treatment in its hospitals; most of them are children, while the rest are women.

In late November, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population launched an initiative to treat 1,000 children wounded in Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that northern Gaza has been left without a functional hospital due to the lack of fuel, staff, and supplies.

Only nine out of 36 health facilities were partially functional in the whole of Gaza, according to the WHO.

All these facilities are in the south of the strip.

Israel has so far killed over 20,000 Palestinians, most of whom are children and women, and more thousands were wounded.

Egypt has been pushing for an extended ceasefire in the war-torn strip and sustained access to humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of civilians there.

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