Egypt to strengthen capabilities of Egyptian Red Crescent to respond to humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Jan 2024

Egypt's Minister of Social Solidarity and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) Nevine El-Qabbaj praised on Monday the efforts made by the association to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli war.

Egypt's Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Kabbaj chairs the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society, 29 January 2024. Photo: Egyptian Cabinet


During a meeting of the ERC’s board of directors, El-Qabbaj emphasized that local and international organizations are well aware of the ERC’s efforts in Gaza.

She further stressed that the organization is exerting efforts to improve its work and better support its volunteers to achieve its humanitarian mission.

During the meeting, the board of directors approved the proposed budget strengthening the ERC's response to the Gaza crisis.

It was also approved the establishment of a humanitarian kitchen in Sheikh Zuweid City, near the border with Gaza, that will prepare meals daily to be transferred to the Gaza Strip.

They also approved increased coordination with the ERC’s counterparts in the Gaza Strip to ensure prompt and sustainable provision of humanitarian services.

Egypt has been facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid through the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip, and recently through the Karm Abu Salem crossing as well, facilitating the entry of hundreds of trucks transporting aid and fuel into the besieged Strip

The Egyptian Red Crescent volunteer teams maintain a daily presence between Egypt and Gaza to deliver aid, offering psychological support to wounded foreign nationals.

Similar support is extended to wounded individuals receiving medical care in Arish, Sheikh Zuweid, Bir Al-Abd, and the designated medical care centre for wounded Palestinians.

Israel has continued its brutal war and relentless attacks in the Gaza Strip, with overnight and early morning assaults, resulting in nearly 27,000 deaths and over 64,000 injuries, most of whom are women and children.

As the Israeli war continues in Gaza, the situation on the ground is worsening, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis, and leaving the Palestinians facing multiple crises in basic needs.

Around 570,000 people in the Gaza Strip are currently facing "catastrophic hunger," equivalent to famine levels of starvation, according to UNRWA.

Amid the Israeli blockade on Gaza, the World Food Program (WFP) estimates that over 2.2 million people in Gaza face crisis or worse levels of acute food insecurity.

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