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  • Updated: October 21, 2023

Rafah Border Crossing Opens In Bid To Send Aid To Gaza Amid Humanitarian Crisis

Rafah Border Crossing Opens In Bid To Send Aid To Gaza Amid

In a crucial move to address the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the territory has opened on Saturday to allow the delivery of much-needed aid.

The Palestinian group Hamas announced that a convoy comprising 20 aid trucks entered Gaza from Egypt, carrying essential supplies such as medicine and food.

More than 200 trucks loaded with approximately 3,000 tonnes of aid had been positioned near the crossing for days before being permitted to enter Gaza.

Hamas's media office detailed the contents of the aid, which included medicine, medical supplies, and a limited amount of canned food.

“The relief aid convoy that is supposed to enter today includes 20 trucks that carry medicine, medical supplies, and a limited amount of food supplies (canned goods),” Hamas’s media office said.

The United Nations' emergency relief coordinator, Martin Griffiths, also expressed his welcome for this delivery, emphasizing the extensive negotiations that took place to ensure a swift resumption of aid operations into Gaza under the right conditions.

"I am confident that this delivery will be the start of a sustainable effort to provide essential supplies – including food, water, medicine, and fuel – to the people of Gaza in a safe, dependable, unconditional, and unimpeded manner."

For the past two weeks, Israel had blockaded Gaza and launched severe air attacks in response to a rampage by Hamas fighters on towns in southern Israel on October 7.

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