Egypt usually keeps Rafah crossing closed
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Egypt Red Crescent to deliver aid to Gaza

40 tons of flour, 20 tons of rice and medical supplies to arrive at Rafah border crossing Monday

The Egyptian Red Crescent said on Sunday it would send five trucks carrying food and medical aid to the Gaza Strip. An Egyptian official at the Rafah border crossing with the coastal strip said Egyptian authorities had agreed with Israel to allow the trucks in on Monday.


Mohamed Orabi, the head of the organisation in North Sinai, said the trucks were loaded with 40 tons of flour, 20 tons of rice and some medical supplies.


In the past, Egyptian authorities have prevented scores of activists, mainly from the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, from delivering aid to the Gaza Strip. The Brotherhood has historical and ideological ties with Hamas, but is considering threatening to the Egyptian government.


Israel has formally blockaded the Gaza strip since the Islamist Hamas party won control in the 2006 elections.  In the past few months, it has allowed several ships of activists to sail through the blockade with medical supplies. 


In a mass rally on Friday held in Beirut, Hizbullah supporters had called on Egypt to open the Rafah crossing, on the border between Egypt and Gaza, in order to help Gazans.   


פרסום ראשון: 12.21.08, 18:04
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