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Hamas calls for permanent opening of Rafah crossing to transport wounded, aid

October 21, 2023 at 11:00 am

First convoy of relief trucks begins to enter the Gaza Strip from the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing, in Rafah, Gaza on October 21, 2023. [Stringer – Anadolu Agency]

The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas called for permanently opening the Rafah Crossing to transfer the wounded for treatment and the flow of aid to all areas of the Gaza Strip, north and south, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

Hamas announced in a statement on Friday: “Regarding talk about the entry of 20 aid trucks only into the southern Gaza Strip, and the related actions and communication, we stress that the Gaza Strip needs much larger quantities of medical supplies and food.”

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The movement noted that approximately 500 trucks were entering the Gaza Strip daily due to the unjust siege imposed for the past 17 years and was still insufficient to meet the needs.

Hamas stressed that distributing aid in the southern part of the Gaza Strip is only a step that allows the occupation to continue to pressure the Palestinians to move from the north to the south under the devastating bombing and series of horrific massacres in order to displace them to Egypt.

Hamas urged: “Let the distribution of aid be under the auspices of the United Nations, UNRWA and the Palestinian Red Crescent to provide relief to civilians and the health sector, which is being subjected to a massacre and destruction that is wreaking havoc on humanity due to the fascist Zionist war machine.”

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