Military dispatches Gaza aid, 261 allowed through Rafah crossing
The Rafah border crossing with Gaza - YOUM7 (Archive)
By HANAN FAYED

CAIRO: A freight of 10,000 food cartons provided by the Egyptian Armed Forces reached Gaza Strip through Rafah border crossing Monday, and 246 people with foreign passports crossed into the Egyptian territory, reported Youm7.

Seven injured Palestinians also crossed into Egypt for medical treatment, and 15 people crossed into the strip, which has been torn in an Israeli aggression since July 8.

The crossing has opened a number of times since the beginning of Israeli Operation Protective Edge, but only for foreigners, pilgrims and victims in need for critical medical attention.

The four Israeli-run crossings have been closed, but some dual-citizenship Palestinians have been able to flee the bombarded enclave through Erez crossing.

Gaza has been blockaded by its two neighbors since Hamas took over the strip and drove out Fatah officials in 2007. Gazans also have no control over their territorial waters.

On July 25, Gaza received a Egyptian-Arab convoy, which included 20 vehicles of medicine and supplies. Tons of medical and food supplies have also been allowed through Rafah from United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and other countries.

On July 11, the Egyptian Armed Forces dispatched 500 tons of food supplies. The military has since vowed to dispatch 50,000 more cartons of food in several shipments.

Over 1,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the Israeli offensive, with an estimated 6,000 injured. Thousands of Gazans have lost their homes to the ongoing shelling and relocated within the strip in a figure that amounted to 100,000, as estimated by the U.N.

Israel has lost 48 soldiers since its ground invasion, and two civilians overall, according to The Jerusalem Post.

 

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