CAIRO: United Nations World Food Program (WFP) sent the Gaza strip humanitarian aid through Egypt’s Rafah border crossing for the first time in seven years, according to WFP’s Wednesday statement.
The humanitarian convoy consists of 18 trucks from Alexandria to Sinai, carrying enough food for 150,000 people for five days, the statement added.
The program noted that the last convey sent to the strip was in 2007 when Gaza blockade was imposed. A second convey will be sent to Gaza through Rafah in the next few days.
“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes, including the Rafah crossing, to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence,” WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe Mohamed Diab said in the statement.
“We are grateful to the government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” he added.
WFP has sent Gaza daily an emergency humanitarian aid up to 350,000 displaced and for more than 120,000 people with emergency vouchers, the statement said.
Since the one-month ceasefire agreement was announced Tuesday evening between Israel and Palestine, the humanitarian aid has flowed into Gaza through Rafah crossing since.
Al-Azhar has prepared a second 80-ton aid convoy that is expected to reach Gaza by Thursday, Youm7 reported. Two aid convoys from Saudi Arabia and Oman reached Gaza Tuesday, an official source in Rafah told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Since Israel’s attack on Gaza in July, a total of 2,137 Palestinians were killed and 11,100 were injured during the conflict, Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesperson Ashraf al-Qodra said Tuesday. In that same period, 68 Israelis have been killed; four of them civilians and the rest soldiers, AFP reported.