Egypt receives dozens of foreigners, injured Palestinians from Gaza on Friday

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Jan 2024

A total of 31 foreign passport holders and 40 Palestinians in need of medical treatment will enter Egypt from the Gaza Strip on Friday, the crossing’s administration announced.

Injured Palestinians
A journalist stands by as Palestinian health ministry ambulances cross the gate to enter the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip before crossing into Egypt on November 1, 2023. AFP


Typically, foreigners crossing from Gaza to Egypt can travel to their respective countries shortly after evacuation.

The Palestinian patients are composed of both those who were injured in the war and those who need medical treatment for other reasons.

The patients were evacuated from several hospitals in the strip, including the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital, the European Hospital, and the Nasser Medical Complex. They will be transferred to hospitals in North Sinai, Ismailia, Suez, Port Said, and Cairo, a source told Al-Masry Al-Youm news website.

Ambulances stationed at the crossing will be responsible for transporting the injured Palestinians to Egyptian hospitals for surgery, the source noted.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) teams transferred a new batch of humanitarian aid provided by Egypt, as well as various Arab and European countries, to the Gaza Strip on Friday.

As of 19 January, Egypt has received 528 aircraft and 34 ships carrying humanitarian aid from 40 countries and 13 organizations, according to the ERC. A total of 7,179 trucks, including 2,691 provided by Egypt, have delivered a total of 111,490 tons of food, medical supplies, and other relief materials to the strip.

The strip is currently experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises of the century, with 26,000 Palestinian people, mostly women and children, killed by Israeli forces in the past 112 days.

The attacks have injured more than 64,000 people, putting immense pressure on the 16 partially functioning, yet overwhelmed, Gaza hospitals, as the remaining 20 hospitals have been rendered inoperative due to the relentless assaults.

According to the United Nations figures from January, over three-quarters of Gaza’s 2.3 million population have been internally displaced.

Adnan Abu Hasna, UNRWA media advisor, said on Thursday that the aid entering Gaza covers only 8-9 percent of the needs of the Palestinian people. Egypt has blamed Israel for deliberately obstructing the aid through extremely slow inspection measures.

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