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Third aid convoy crosses Egypt’s Rafah crossing to Gaza

October 23, 2023 at 4:47 pm

Trucks, carrying humanitarian aid for Palestinians, enter Gaza through Rafah border crossing on the Egyptian border in Rafah, Gaza on October 22, 2023 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

A third convoy of 20 aid trucks entered the Rafah crossing from Egypt to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, according to a Palestinian spokesman at the terminal, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Twenty trucks carrying humanitarian aid are being allowed into Gaza through the Rafah crossing,” Wael Abu Mohsen told Anadolu.

Egypt’s state news agency, MENA, confirmed that a third convoy of aid trucks entered the terminal to Gaza.

MENA said the trucks are loaded with foodstuff, water, medicine and other medical supplies.

“Ten other aid trucks are being prepared,” MENA said.

Two convoys of 34 aid trucks had already entered Gaza from Egypt in the past two days.

The UN says the Gaza Strip is in need of around 100 relief trucks per day to address the increasing humanitarian needs there.

Israel launched a relentless bombardment campaign on the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas into Israeli border towns on 7 October, putting the Territory’s 2.3 million residents under total siege and a blockade of food, fuel and medical supplies.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an “immediate humanitarian cease-fire” to ease the “epic human suffering”.

Nearly 6,500 people have been killed in the conflict, including at least 5,087 Palestinians and more than 1,400 Israelis.

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