Egypt receives new batch of injured, oncology patients from Gaza for treatment

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 31 Jan 2024

Egypt received on Wednesday 29 Palestinians, comprising injured and oncology patients, from Gaza via the Rafah crossing to be treated at Egyptian hospitals.

Rafah crossing
File Photo: 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. AFP

 

According to medical sources at the Health Directorate in North Sinai, 57 companions were also allowed entry into the country along with the 29 patients.

The new batch has been admitted to various Egyptian hospitals, including Al-Arish Hospital, Sheikh Zuwayd Hospital, Suez and Ismailia Medical Complex, and Al-Hayat Hospital in Port Said.

Two wounded Palestinians previously admitted to Al-Arish Hospital passed away on Tuesday.

One of them, a 68-year-old woman, was transported back to Gaza for burial, while arrangements are underway to transport the other, a 75-year-old man.

Since the onset of the Israeli war on Gaza, Egypt has received dozens of injured Palestinians and patients from Gaza for treatment. The majority of Gaza hospitals have been out of service due to the war.

Until 14 January, Egypt received 1,210 patients from Gaza for treatment in Egyptian and friendly countries' hospitals, accompanied by 1,085 companions. 

Some 23,000 individuals, including Palestinians, foreigners, and dual nationals, and 2,623 stranded Egyptians, have crossed into Egypt through the Rafah crossing until mid-January.

Chairman of Egypt's State Information Service Diaa Rashwan stated that 9,000 trucks have crossed from the Egyptian side of the Rafah border to Gaza until mid-January, revealing that private and public Egyptian contributions constitute 82 percent of all aid delivered to Gaza.

On 23 January, the Egyptian Red Crescent announced that the second phase of constructing its refugee relief camp in Khan Younis, Gaza, is ongoing. This comes after the first phase concluded with the setup of 1,000 tents capable of accommodating around 6,000 people.

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

Israel has killed over 26,000 Palestinians, most of whom are children and women, and wounded thousands of others, since the beginning of the war on 7 October.

Egypt has been pushing for a ceasefire in the war-torn strip and sustained access to humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of Gazans.

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