Egyptian Red Crescent receives Jordanian aid plane bound for Gaza

CAIRO, Oct 12 (MENA) – The Egyptian Red Crescent received on Thursday a Jordanian cargo plane carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza, which Israel has been bombarding for days following a surprise Hamas attack Saturday morning.

The aid cargo will be delivered to the Palestinian Red Crescent in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier, Egypt called, in a statement by the Foreign Ministry, on all countries as well as regional and international organizations willing to send humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip to deliver their assistance to Arish International Airport in order to send them to Gazans.

Arish airport, 50 kilometers away from the Rafah border crossing into Gaza, has been designated by Egyptian authorities to receive international humanitarian aid from different parties and international organizations, the statement said.

The statement dismissed as groundless reports that Rafah border terminal is closed, saying the crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip is open and has not been closed since the beginning of the current crisis but the Palestinian side of the crossing was badly bombed by Israel several times, making the terminal unable to operate normally.

Egypt called on Israel to avoid targeting the Palestinian side of the crossing in order to be able to complete restoration works as the terminal serves as a lifeline to Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip, the statement read. (MENA)

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