Aid for Gaza is piling up in Egypt and the border remains closed

Aid for Gaza is piling up in Egypt and the border remains closed

If an agreement is reached with Israel to allow American citizens to pass, the Egyptian authorities will demand facilitating the entry of aid into Gaza.


Eyewitnesses told Agence France-Presse that humanitarian aid that arrived from several capitals accumulated on Sunday in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula adjacent to the Gaza Strip, which Israel is bombing and besieging, without reaching the Palestinian territories.

Since three Israeli bombings occurred in less than 24 hours, on Monday and Tuesday, at the Palestinian Rafah crossing, the border crossing with Egypt has remained closed.

An American official told Agence France-Presse on Saturday that Egypt and Israel agreed to allow Americans to leave the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing.

But Egypt set conditions. she “He refuses to let the border center be designated solely for the crossing of foreigners.”High-ranking sources reported by media outlets close to intelligence said. “The Egyptian position is clear: The condition (for these crossings) is to facilitate the entry of aid into Gaza.”they added.

On Sunday, witnesses reported that concrete blocks installed by the Egyptians after Israeli bombings to reinforce their border were still in place, apparently indicating that the crossing was not planned immediately.

Shipments of Jordanian, Turkish and Emirati aid, in addition to medical equipment covering the needs of 300,000 people in the Gaza Strip, have already arrived at Al-Arish Airport, the capital of North Sinai, sent by the World Health Organization. Egypt sent a convoy of about 100 trucks carrying 1,000 tons of aid.

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Israel, which controls Gaza’s other outlets to the world, issued a decree “full seat” After 16 years of siege, food supplies were prevented from entering and water and electricity were cut off for 2.4 million people in the Palestinian territories.

It also increases pressure on Egypt, which fears that its borders will be imposed by Gazans as was the case in 2008 at the beginning of the Israeli blockade.

His army ordered the 1.1 million residents of the northern Gaza Strip on Friday to head to the south, which borders Egypt.

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