Egypt FM accuses Israel of impeding aid into Gaza

Published October 29, 2023
Palestinians collect bags of dried pulses from a UN-run aid supply centre in Deir al-Balah on October 28. — AFP
Palestinians collect bags of dried pulses from a UN-run aid supply centre in Deir al-Balah on October 28. — AFP

CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign ministry said on Saturday “Israeli obstacles”, including truck inspection procedures, were impeding the prompt delivery of aid to Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

“The trucks must be inspected at the Israeli Nitzana crossing before they head to the Rafah crossing on a journey that takes a distance of 100km before they actually enter the Rafah crossing, which causes obstacles that significantly delay the arrival of aid,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

The Rafah crossing, which is controlled by Egypt and does not border Israel, has become the main point of aid delivery since Israel imposed a siege on Gaza after a Hamas raid.

Published in Dawn, October 29th, 2023

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