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Egypt Transfers Palestinians Wounded in Israeli Attacks through Rafah Crossing

Egypt Transfers Palestinians Wounded in Israeli Attacks through Rafah Crossing

Tuesday, 18 May, 2021 - 08:45
Ambulances transfer wounded Palestinians through the Rafah crossing. (dpa)

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the second consecutive day on Monday to receive people wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the enclave.

The Palestinian Embassy in Cairo said a medical committee was present at the border crossing to transfer the casualties as they arrived and send them across designated hospitals for treatment. Several ambulances have been equipped to transport them, it added.

Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Diab al-Louh said work is underway to transfer the rest of the wounded from the Strip to Egypt, hoping the process will be done quickly in light of the continuing Israeli assault.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian government sent a convoy carrying crucial aid into Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has coordinated with Palestinians in Gaza Strip to meet their needs, MENA reported.

Egypt has also intensified its diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire, in coordination with several countries, mainly the United States.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Sunday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and discussed developments in the Palestinian territories.

Blinken thanked Cairo for its ongoing efforts to support an end to the violence, an Egyptian statement read.

Both officials “highlighted the importance of the strong strategic bilateral partnership to establish peace and stability in the region.”

Shoukry also received two other phone calls from his Greek and Dutch counterparts, Nikos Dendias and Stef Blok.

Parties discussed the rapid developments taking place in the Palestinian territories and the escalation in the Gaza Strip.

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