Aid to Gaza is pouring into Egypt, and the border is still closed

If a deal is reached with Israel to allow American citizens to pass through, Egyptian officials are demanding aid flow into Gaza.


Humanitarian aid from several capitals poured into Egypt’s Sinai on Sunday, as Israel bombarded the Gaza border but never reached the Palestinian border, witnesses told AFP.

The border crossing to Egypt remains closed at the Palestinian Rafah terminal after three Israeli bombings within 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday.

On Saturday, a US official told AFP that Egypt and Israel had agreed to allow Americans to leave the Gaza Strip through Rafah.

But Egypt imposed conditions. she “Denying that the border post is dedicated only to the passage of foreigners”High-ranking sources quoted by media outlets close to intelligence said. “Egypt’s position is clear: the condition (for these crossings) is to facilitate the entry of aid into Gaza.”They added.

On Sunday, witnesses said concrete blocks Egyptians installed after Israeli bombardments to reinforce their border were still in place, indicating no crossing was planned immediately.

Already, Jordanian, Turkish and Emirati aid has landed at El-Arich airport in the capital of North Sinai, as well as medical equipment sent by the World Health Organization (WHO) to cover the needs of 300,000 people in the Gaza Strip. Egypt sent about a hundred trucks carrying 1,000 tons of aid.

Israel, which controls Gaza’s other two openings to the world, has decreed a “full seat” After 16 years of siege, the 2.4 million people living in the Palestinian territories have been cut off from food and water and electricity.

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It also increases pressure on Egypt, which fears its border will be forced by the Gazans, as was the case at the start of the Israeli blockade in 2008.

On Friday, his army ordered 1.1 million people living in the northern Gaza Strip to move to Egypt’s southern border.

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