Fifty aid trucks enter Gaza through Egypt’s Rafah crossing

Baheya Wael , Thursday 18 Jan 2024

The Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) delivered on Thursday 50 humanitarian aid trucks carrying food, medical supplies, and more to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.

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Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after crossing the terminal border from Egypt, on January 17, 2024. AFP

 

The trucks that entered Gaza through the Rafah border crossing in North Sinai contained food supplies, including rice, flour, water, medical supplies, and tents, Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported an official source as saying.

The aid convoy consisted of 25 trucks prepared by the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC), 15 trucks by the Turkish Red Crescent (TEC), and eight trucks provided by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), Saudi Arabia's humanitarian arm. 

In addition, the convoy included one truck from Kuwait and another from Belgium, the source stated. 

“Approximately 500 aid aeroplanes have landed at Al-Arish airport, only 45 km away from the Rafah crossing, since the beginning of the 7 October war,” said the Director of the ERC in North Sinai, Dr Khaled Zayed, in a phone interview on Egyptian satellite channel DMC.

Zayed added that 100 to 120 aid trucks enter Gaza daily through the Rafah border crossing, as opposed to 500 aid trucks before the war on Gaza.

Chairman of Egypt's State Information Service Diaa Rashwan had said that a total of 9,000 trucks had crossed from the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing to Gaza until last Sunday.

Rashwan indicated at the time that private and public Egyptian contributions constitute 82 percent of all aid delivered to Gaza.

He stressed that the major hurdle facing the swift delivery of aid to Gaza over the past 100 days "has been the Israeli side's deliberate delays in inspecting the aid convoys at the border crossings."

The recent delivery of the 50 trucks to Gaza comes in the wake of the UN Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza, Sigrid Kaag's, visit to Al-Arish airport and the crossing on Wednesday.

Kaag's visit is the first since she was appointed to this post following UN Security Council Resolution 2720, which mandates speeding up the safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Furthermore, Rashwan stated that Egypt had received, until last Sunday, 1,210 wounded and sick Palestinians -- along with 1,085 of those accompanying them -- to be treated in Egyptian hospitals and neighbouring countries.

On Tuesday, the Rafah border crossing received Al-Jazeera’s veteran Palestinian journalist Wael Dahdouh, who entered Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after the Egyptian authorities arranged his transference from Gaza to Egypt. Dahdouh then travelled to Qatar to receive medical attention.

As the Israeli war on Gaza enters its 104th day, at least 24,448 Palestinians have been killed and 60,000 wounded.

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