501 aid planes for Gaza received at Egypt's Arish Airport

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Jan 2024

Three planes arrived on Saturday at Arish International Airport, carrying more than 75 tonnes of various assistance to the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of aid planes sent for Gaza to 501 since 12 October 2023, according to Egypt's Middle East News Agency (MENA).

El Arish International Airport. AFP


A source at Arish Airport said that the first plane came from Qatar with 9,200 tonnes of medical supplies, and the second aircraft came from the UAE with 21,380 tonnes of medications and oil. The third came from Belgium with 42,825 tonnes of medical supplies and medications.

Out of the 501 aircraft, 409 carrying various foodstuffs, relief, and medical assistance were offered by 50 Arab and foreign countries as well as regional and international organizations.

Since the outbreak of the war, Israel has imposed a complete blockade on the Gaza Strip, cutting off all food, water, fuel, and medical supplies.

Egypt has since been facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid from different destinations through the Rafah border crossing and, recently, through the Karm Abu Salem crossing.

Following international pressure, Israel opened the Karm Abu Salem crossing, located on the border between Israel, Gaza, and Egypt and only about 3 km from Rafah, to accelerate the delivery of aid into the besieged strip.

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