UN senior official praises Egypt’s role in receiving, delivering Gaza aid

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Jan 2024

Sigard Kaag, United Nations Chief Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs and Reconstruction, praised Egypt’s role in receiving and delivering humanitarian aid to the war-torn Gaza Strip, following her Rafah field tour on Wednesday.

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“We have witnessed firsthand what Egypt and volunteers are doing on the ground to deliver humanitarian aid to the innocent people in Gaza,” Kaag told reporters following her visit to North Sinai's Arish city and Rafah crossing.

Kaag landed in Egypt on Tuesday in the first visit to the region since her appointment in December 2023 under Security Council Resolution 2720.

The visit aims to inspect the delivery mechanism for aid from Egypt to the Gaza Strip through checkpoints conducted by the Israeli occupation.

Kaag asserted its commitment to ensure the delivery of “the largest possible amount of aid” to the residents of the strip, according to Al-Qahera News channel.

She also extended appreciation to the Egyptian Red Crescent Society for “their great effort in preparing this amount of aid” to civilians in Gaza, according to Al-Qahera News correspondent.

Over the past hours, Kaag held meetings with some Egyptian officials, including foreign and defense ministers.

“I had significant talks” with Egyptian officials, she said. 

Kaag is expected to cross to Gaza, tour, and check the inspection points imposed by the Israeli side on the aid.

Last week, Israel claimed that Egypt is responsible for preventing the entry of humanitarian aid into the strip through the Rafah border crossing.

The claim was refuted by several Egyptian official statements.

Head of Egypt’s State Information Service Diaa Rashwan stated that the major hurdle for the swift delivery of aid to Gaza over the past 100 days has been the deliberate delays imposed by Israeli authorities inspecting aid material at border crossings.

Egypt has repeatedly stressed that the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing with Gaza has never been closed for a moment during the 100-day war, accusing Israel of hindering humanitarian aid under the pretext of inspection delays.

Egypt’s private and public contributions comprise 82 percent of the total aid delivered to Gaza, which has reached 9,000 aid-loaded trucks until Sunday, according to Egyptian officials.

Since 7 October, Israel has killed at least 24,285 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and wounded 61,154 others in Gaza, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

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