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175 tons of UAE aid set to enter Gaza via Egypt

Jan. 21, 2015 5:24 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 22, 2015 10:13 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities on Wednesday were preparing to ship large quantities of humanitarian aid from the United Arab Emirates to the Gaza Strip.

An Egyptian security official told Ma'an in Cairo that 175 tons of humanitarian aid from the UAE arrived Tuesday evening at El-Arish in North Sinai district.

The shipment includes food, medicines and medical equipment. The cargo was then shipped to the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing to be delivered to the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, 30 tons of humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia were delivered to the Gaza Strip as well as 13 packages of medical aid from the Egyptian Red Crescent Association.

The shipment was under the supervision of the UAE Red Crescent.

After Hamas took power in Gaza after winning legislative elections in 2006 and violent clashes broke out between the movement and its rival Fatah party, Israel and Egypt put in place a blockade.

The siege of the small coastal enclave has led to frequent humanitarian crises and outbreaks of violence between Gaza militants and Israeli forces.
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