115 aid, fuel trucks cross Rafah into Gaza; 40 wounded Palestinians enter Egypt

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Feb 2024

On Sunday, 115 trucks carrying aid and fuel crossed Egypt’s Rafah border crossing into Gaza, while 447 individuals crossed into Egypt, including 40 injured Palestinians who were subsequently admitted for treatment at Egyptian hospitals.

file photo - A fuel truck on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing, drives toward the southern Gaza Strip.AFP


The 40 wounded Palestinians were accompanied by 25 companions, according to a well-placed source at the crossing as reported by Egypt's official news agency MENA.

The source also noted that 132 holders of Egyptian passports and 250 individuals of foreign nationalities crossed into Egypt via the crossing.

Of the 115 trucks entering Gaza, 110 carried aid, while five carried fuel.

Since the start of the Israeli war and blockade on 7 October, Cairo has facilitated the entry of thousands of trucks from multiple countries carrying humanitarian aid to the 2.4 million Palestinians under siege in the strip. 

On Friday, the Egyptian presidency issued a statement stressing that the state “from the very beginning” of the Israel-Hamas war has kept the Rafah crossing open on its side without restrictions or conditions.

The statement was issued in response to remarks made by US President Joe Biden claiming that Egypt was initially reluctant during the war to open the Rafah crossing for aid.

The presidency noted that Israel attacked the Palestinian side of the crossing four times, initially hindering the entry of aid. However, Egypt, out of its humanitarian responsibility toward Palestinian people in the strip, promptly repaired the crossing’s roads to ensure aid could flow uninterrupted, stressed the statement.

The statement also confirmed that 80 percent of the aid delivered to Gaza is provided by the Egyptian government, people, and civil society and that Egypt has facilitated visits by international officials and UN members to inspect the tremendous efforts made by Egyptian authorities in this respect.

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