Russia Extends Humanitarian Hand to Gaza Through Egypt

In a recent humanitarian gesture, Russia announced that it is dispatching 27 tons of essential aid for civilians marooned in the beleaguered Gaza Strip.

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Russia Extends Humanitarian Hand to Gaza Through Egypt
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In a recent humanitarian gesture, Russia announced that it is dispatching 27 tons of essential aid for civilians marooned in the beleaguered Gaza Strip. The aid will be transferred from Egypt, according to the Moscow's Ministry of Emergency Situations.

From Moscow to El-Arish

Ilya Denisov, the deputy minister, unveiled that a designated plane has embarked on its journey from Ramenskoye, situated close to Moscow, destined for El-Arish in Egypt. Upon reaching Egypt, the Russian consignment is scheduled to be handed over to the Egyptian Red Crescent.

The latter will then ensure its safe delivery to the civilians in the Gaza Strip. Denisov clarified the contents of the shipment, stating it encompasses essential food items like "wheat, sugar, rice (and) pasta."

Rafah Crossing: A Beacon of Hope for Gaza

Egypt, on its part, has declared its commitment to the "sustainable" transportation of humanitarian aid into Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

This announcement comes as a relief, especially when numerous aid trucks are queued up, eagerly waiting to enter the enclave. The collaborative efforts in aiding the Gazan civilians were also underscored by a joint agreement between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and American President Joe Biden.

Ahmed Fahmy, the presidential spokesperson, confirmed that both leaders have concurred on "the sustainable delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah terminal." However, the exact date of this concerted effort remains unspecified.

Meanwhile, the Rafah crossing has garnered increased attention from the people of Gaza. Numerous civilians, heeding evacuation warnings in anticipation of a potential Israeli ground assault, have relocated to the southern extremity of the Gaza Strip where the Rafah crossing with the Egyptian border lies.

Egypt's commitment to open this crossing for aid dispatch to Gaza is palpable. It is anticipated that the crossing could be functional by the upcoming Friday. However, it's pertinent to note that while aid is allowed, there has been no official statement regarding the exit of individuals through this passage.

Israel, maintaining its stance, has proclaimed it won't obstruct the delivery of aid. However, it remains cautious to ensure that the supplies don't find their way into the hands of Hamas members.

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