Egyptian youth provided water and electricity to displaced Palestinians in Rafah through the iron fence between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
A video circulating on social media showed a number of displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip approaching the border fence with Egypt, and on the Egyptian side, a group of youth operated an electricity generator for them, Pulse Mubasher reported.
The video shows the Egyptians connecting a hose to the electricity generator and then extending it to the other side of the fence, where the displaced Palestinians were waiting with containers to collect the water.
The youth also provided food and other supplies.
بيننا وبين الأشقاء في #مصر هذا السياج..
حيث قام عدد من المصريين بالاقتراب بشاحنة تحمل عليها مولد كهربائي من المنطقة الحدودية الفلسطينية المصرية ، لتوصيل الكهرباء للنازحين ومساعدتهم في شحن هواتفهم.
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The gesture was praised by many on social media, who saw it as a sign of solidarity with the Palestinian people and served as a reminder of the close ties between the peoples of Egypt and Palestine.
A commenter wrote on the video: “The Egyptians came with generators and electrical cables to provide the displaced with electricity.”
The United Nations Relief and Work Agency warned during the visit of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock to the Egyptian border area and the Gaza Strip, of the war reaching the city of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip.
The director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Gaza, Jemma Connell, said that “The conflict cannot reach Rafah on a large scale,” according to the German news agency.
Connell added that airstrikes are being carried out on Rafah every night, and that there is nowhere else for the 1.5 million people to go.
She stressed that they must be protected, adding that “there is virtually no safe place in Gaza, which makes this conflict unlike any other in the world.”