Egyptian army dispatches 936 tons of aid to Gaza
The Rafah border crossing with Gaza - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Egyptian army dispatched 936 tons of foodstuff and medical supplies to Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing so far, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced in a Wednesday statement.

Five tons of medical supplies, provided by the Arab Doctors Union, and 12.6 tons of foodstuffs, blankets, and medical supplies were donated by Egypt’s Red Crescent (ERC), Youm7 quoted Bassem al-Rimawi, Director of Emergency Services in the Palestinian Health Ministry and head of the Emergency Room at Ramallah Government Hospital, as saying.

A total of 47 tons of food were sent as aid from Egypt’s Azhar institution and two tons of medical aid by Egypt’s Doctors Syndicate were delivered to Gaza. He said eight ambulance vehicles were sent by the Palestinian University in Egypt.

Approximately 1,416 tons of humanitarian aid, including foodstuffs and medical supplies, was delivered to Gaza so far through Rafah, Rimawi said and that Egypt’s Armed Forces contributed 66 percent of Egyptian aid, which amounted to 75 percent of the total amount of aid that entered Gaza via Rafah.

Rimawi said UAE’s 90 tons of aid included medical supplies, six field hospitals, three mobile clinics, one bathroom, one ambulance vehicle, an electric generator, and 40 tons of relief aid. Tunisia dispatched 28 tons of foodstuffs and medical supplies and Saudi Arabia provided 73 tons of foodstuffs and 35 tons of medical supplies to Gaza, he added.

Kuwait sent 10 tons of medical supplies and 25 tones was provided by ‏the Jordanian MP Mohamed al- Asha.

Around 1,951 Palestinian were killed and 10,193 injured since the beginning of Israel’s ongoing offensive on the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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

The Rafah crossing, which lies on the international border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, was opened to receive the injured Palestinians and relief aid supplied to the conflict-hit enclave.

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