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Ambassador: Egypt willing to host any number of Gaza injuries

Aug. 4, 2014 5:06 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 5, 2014 2:59 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – When Egypt proposed a truce on July 14, the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza was around 200, but the number is almost 2,000 now in addition to some 8,000 injuries and more than 300,000 displaced, says Egypt’s ambassador to Palestine.

Wael Nasr Addin Atiyeh added in a statement Monday that Gaza was facing a humanitarian disaster.

Egypt, he added, has opened the Rafah crossing permanently during the last 30 days to allow entry of injured people. He urged “all sides to avoid creating problems to impede entry of injured Palestinians through the crossing.”

The Egyptian ambassador added that Egypt would be ready to host any number of patients and injured people and treat them in hospitals in El-Arish, Ismailyya and Cairo for free.

For a few weeks, added Atiyeh, Egypt has sent 20 fully-equipped ambulances to the Rafah crossing to evacuate injured Gazans. In addition, an aid station has been set up near the main gate of the Rafah crossing with 30 doctors from all specialties to help the injured people.

The statement went on to say that the Egyptian authorities adopted a mechanism to allow entry of humanitarian aid convoys from other countries into Gaza as quickly as possible.

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