New batch of injured Palestinians arrives in Egypt’s al-Arish General Hospital
Palestinians grieve over the death of relatives as they wait outside the morgue of the hospital in Gaza - AFP/Mahmud Hams

CAIRO: Four injured Palestinians arrived Monday at al-Arish General Hospital in northern Sinai to complete their treatment after the Egyptian government decided to open the Rafah border crossing temporarily to grant them entry, undersecretary of the Health Ministry in northern Sinai Tarek Khater said, Youm7 reported Monday.

All the injured victims were put under medical observation, said Khater who added that all the required procedures were taken after Cairo allowed the entry of wounded Palestinians from the Gaza war for treatment in Sinai.

An informed source told Al Masry al Youm Monday that ignoring all the crossings between Israel and  Gaza and only focusing on the Rafah crossing left many question marks about the real purpose behind these stances and the desire to blame Egypt for the blockade suffered by the Palestinian people.

The source added that Israel is obliged to open all Gaza crossings, according to the the Fourth Geneva Convention which describes Israel as an “Occupying Power” that has responsibilities to ensure the arrival of materials and commodities to Gaza residents. He also criticized Israel for alleged violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention in its treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Egyptian authorities will temporarily open the border crossing Tuesday to accept more injured Palestinians and stranded Egyptians to cross, Al Tahrir newspaper reported Monday.

“The entry of injured Palestinians, due to the Israeli aggression on Gaza, to Egyptian hospitals will continue,” Palestinian ambassador to Egypt Gamal el-Shobky said Monday, adding that the Egyptian authorities promised to re-open the terminal in the near future for the travel of residency holders, students and humanitarian missions, MENA reported.

A number of political parties and forces urged President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the government to permanently open the Rafah border crossing following Israel’s deadly attacks against Palestinians

The Rafah crossing has been mostly closed since the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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