News ID: 90246
Publish Date : 16 May 2021 - 21:39
CAIRO (Dispatches) – Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing a day earlier than planned to allow the passage of students, people needing medical treatment and other humanitarian cases, two sources at the border told Reuters on Sunday.
The border had been closed for the Eid al-Fitr holiday and was due to reopen on Monday.
The Zionist regime’s airstrikes killed 33 Palestinians, including 13 children, in Gaza on Sunday, Gaza health officials said. The attacks brought the death toll in Gaza to 181, including 52 children, they said. The Zionist regime has reported 10 dead, including two children.  
Egypt has so far sent 16 ambulances into Gaza to pick up casualties of the occupying regime’s bombardments for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, a medical source said.
The source said a bus with 95 people on board had arrived from Gaza on Sunday morning.
Gaza’s hospitals and medical professionals are struggling to respond to the needs of the casualties, but some of these victims are expected to arrive in Egypt for treatment via the shared border between Gaza and Sinai.
The General Authority for Healthcare, an executive arm of the Egyptian Ministry of Health, said on Friday that it had made preparations for treating Gaza’s wounded victims who were expected to arrive in Egypt.
The authority’s head Ahmed al-Sobki told MEE that three major health facilities in Ismailia were ready to receive Gaza’s victims and offer them the necessary care.
Egyptian hospitals are busy responding to the Covid-19 pandemic as local medical teams work breathlessly to cope up with growing daily infections.
Gaza has been under siege by both the Zionist regime and Egypt since 2007.
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