Rafah border crossing still open for humanitarian aid: Egypt’s FM
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7/Hassan Muhammed

CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with prominent figures at the headquarters of the Ministry in Cairo to follow up on the latest developments on the Palestinian situation in light of the continued Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and the continued shedding of” innocent civilians,” according to a statement issued from the Ministry’s office.

The minister followed the situation of the Egypt-Gaza Rafah crossing and highlighted the importance of keeping the crossing open to receive injured Palestinians and allow humanitarian and pharmaceutical aid to cross to the Palestinian side, said ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty Thursday in the statement.

Shoukry is in contact with international and Arab concerned parties to put an end to the ongoing Israeli offensive on Gaza and to accelerate delivering aid to Palestinians, the statement read.

Shourky also condemned Israeli continued targeting of civilians and the UNRWA schools in Shajaiya city in Gaza.

The Rafah crossing has been open since July 17 for passing aid into the strip and receiving injured Palestinians from Gaza; an Egyptian source told MENA that Egyptian Armed Forces gave Palestinians 8,000 food boxes besides the pharmaceutical aid on Thursday. The Egyptian Red Crescent is in charge of delivering the aid to its Palestinian counterpart.

Three days ago, 10,000 food cartons provided by the Egyptian Armed Forces reached the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.

On July 25, Gaza received an Egyptian-Arab convoy, which included 20 vehicles filled with medicine and supplies. Tons of medical and food supplies have also been allowed through Rafah coming from the 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.

840 persons have crossed from Rafah; 335 persons arrived to the Egyptian side including 9 injured Palestinians with 7 companions, 211 stranded persons and 110 people with Arab passports crossed as well, the source added. Meanwhile 505 persons entered Gaza.

1,346 Palestinians were killed and more than 7,000 were injured in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive on July 1, according to the United Nations’ comments before the UN Security Council Thursday. As for the Israeli side, 56 soldiers and three civilians have been killed, Reuters reported.

The latest Israeli raids on Gaza began July 1, a day after Israel found the bodies of three kidnapped settlers in the West Bank. The body of Palestinian Mohamed Abo Khodeir, 16, was found mutilated and burned, in what is widely seen as a revenge killing for the death of the Israelis.

Hamas started launching rockets into Israel in its latest campaign on July 4.

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