CAIRO: A total of 52 injured Palestinians by the Israeli offensive Protective Edge on Gaza crossed into Egypt for treatment since the shelling began, Egypt’s Minister of Health Adel Adawy said in a Wednesday statement.
Eight of them were already released from hospitals, 43 remain under treatment, and one died of their wounds, Adawy said. They are being treated at different hospitals in Cairo, Ismailia, and North Sinai’s Arish.
Ambulances and cabs are seen at Rafah crossing on the Egyptian whenever they it is open to transport those whom the Egyptian security allowed to cross.
The Ministry of Health in Hamas-controlled Gaza or the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank did not release a statement to announce the number of Palestinian victims of Israel’s ongoing aggression who have crossed into Egypt.
Since the beginning of Protective Edge on July 8, Egypt only allowed injured people, Egyptians, and those with foreign passports into its territory through the Rafah Border Crossing, which has largely been closed since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Israel announced Sunday that it set up a field hospital at Erez border crossing that it shares with Gaza for injured Palestinians, according to The Jerusalem Post.
The Jerusalem Post quoted a source in Gaza “with knowledge of the matter” as saying that Palestinians will “unlikely” seek the hospital for security reasons and due to their resentment against the Israeli military.
“It’s like killing them with one hand and treating them with the other,” the source told The Jerusalem Post. “Maybe there will be interior security from the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency] who will start asking people question about the armed resistance.”
No statement from the Palestinian side has been issued on Palestinians being treated at said medical facility, but spokesperson for the Israeli military Avichay Adraee said on his Facebook page Wednesday that the hospital has thus far treated 13 Palestinians.
Hamas might not allow any Palestinians to be treated at the Erez crossing, The Jerusalem post quoted spokesperson for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Guy Inbar saying.
Israel shares four crossings with Gaza Strip but closed them since mid-June following the abduction of three Israeli teen settlers in the West Bank.
The resulting death toll of the conflict has amounted to 639 Palestinians, mostly civilians including women and children, and 31 Israelis, two of whom are civilians, according to AFP.
Gaza’s two neighbors have almost entirely blockaded the enclave since 2007 when Hamas took over government facilities following bloody clashes with Fatah. Hamas had won the legislative elections in 2006 but no elections have been conducted there ever since.