Egyptian paramedics transfer an injured Palestinian woman on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, in the north eastern Sinai province, on November 7, 2023 amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. AFP
According to health ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, quarantine doctors at the Rafah border crossing conducted medical examinations on 663 foreign nationals, including 139 children, who were vaccinated against polio, measles, and mumps.
The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that 12 Palestinian children with cancer were transferred from Gaza to receive treatment in Egyptian hospitals.
On Sunday, Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said he agreed with his Egyptian counterpart Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar on the transfer of nearly 1,000 Palestinian civilians who need urgent treatment through Rafah to Egypt.
These include cancer patients who were being treated at the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in Gaza, the Strip's only cancer hospital, which has gone out of service recently after running out of fuel.
According to Ahram Online estimates based on official reports and statements, excluding Palestinian children with cancer, around 100 injured Palestinians were transferred to receive treatment in Egyptian hospitals in North Sinai, Port Said, and Ismailia governorates.
The Egyptian foreign ministry said on Thursday that it is working to evacuate 7,000 foreigners from over 60 countries.
On Saturday, Egypt’s Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said that Egypt has been receiving between 40 to 50 injured Palestinians from Gaza for treatment on a daily basis since Wednesday.
According to Abdel-Ghaffar, approximately 50 complex surgical operations on children injured in Israeli air strikes have been performed so far.
Since 7 October, Israeli air strikes in Gaza have killed more than 10,560 people, including 4,324 children, and wounded more than 22,000, reported the Palestinian health ministry.
Nearly most of the hospitals in Gaza have gone out of service due to the unrelenting Israeli bombardment, as well as Israel's ban on fuel entering the Strip.