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Egypt’s President Sisi calls for sending more aid to Gaza

Egypt’s President Sisi calls for sending more aid to Gaza
Egyptian Aid being sent to Gaza.

CAIRO, July 27 (Aswat Masriya) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for sending more humanitarian aid to Gaza to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians, said a military forces statement on Sunday.

Sisi, who is also the Supreme Commander of the military, has directed the military forces to provide Gaza with an aid of 50,000 boxes of food and essential supplies to be sent to the war-torn Gaza strip, according to the statement.

The statement added that 15 trucks carrying food supplies moved on Sunday from Egypt to the Rafah crossing that borders the two countries.

Since Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing after Israel started it’s offensive campaign against Gaza, Egypt has received 94 Palestinians, according to a statement by Egypt’s health minister.

At least 1000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed in Gaza since Israel launched its attack 20 days ago. The Palestinian Hamas fired rockets at some parts of Israel, no deaths were reported on the Israeli side.

Egypt called on Friday for a ceasefire and a humanitarian truce on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. It was approved by both Israel and Hamas, but the truce broke off on Sunday as Hamas fired a number of rockets and Israel responded by an intense bomb raid on the Gaza Strip.

However, Hamas later accepted a 24-hour period of ceasefire proposed by the UN.

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