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Egypt commences road repairs at Gaza crossing in preparation for aid delivery, reports Reuters.

Machinery Sent to Repair Roads at Gaza Crossing Ahead of Aid Delivery

Repairing Roads for Aid Delivery

Machinery to repair roads has been sent through the Rafah border crossing from Egypt into the Gaza Strip. This move comes in preparation for the delivery of aid stockpiled in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The machinery aims to improve the infrastructure to facilitate the efficient transport of aid to the region.

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The Importance of Rafah Crossing

Rafah is the only crossing out of Gaza not controlled by Israel. However, it has been out of operation since the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas began. Israeli bombardments on the Palestinian side of the border resulted in the closure of the crossing. The reopening of Rafah is crucial to ensure the smooth flow of aid into Gaza.

International Efforts for Aid Delivery

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The United States and Egypt have been working together to negotiate a deal with Israel to enable aid delivery to Gaza. The worsening conditions in the region have prompted urgent action. As a result, up to 20 trucks have been allowed to pass through the Rafah crossing, with the hope for more trucks in the future. This collaboration between nations reflects the importance of providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.

Diplomatic Activity and Summits

Diplomatic activity around the opening of the Rafah crossing has intensified. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has met with top U.S. military officials and King Abdullah of Jordan to discuss aid delivery and the situation in Gaza. Additionally, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for aid to be delivered at scale and on a sustained basis. Furthermore, Egypt is hosting a summit on the Gaza crisis and the future of the Palestinian issue, with Guterres expected to attend.

Egypt’s Commitment to Humanitarian Aid

Egypt seeks to ensure the continuous, permanent, and uninterrupted entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry emphasized the importance of bringing in the piled-up aid on the Egyptian side. This commitment reflects Egypt’s dedication to alleviating the suffering of the 2.3 million residents of Gaza who heavily rely on aid.

The Challenges Ahead

Over 100 trucks filled with aid are waiting near the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian side. However, it is expected that aid delivery will not commence until Friday. The crossing area itself shows signs of damage, with craters and broken paving. Western governments have been negotiating the evacuation of foreign passport holders from Gaza, but the details surrounding potential evacuations remain unclear.

Long-standing Blockade and Toll of the Conflict

Israel and Egypt have enforced a blockade on Gaza since Hamas took control in 2007. This blockade tightly controls the movement of goods and people in the region. The toll from Israeli strikes on Gaza has risen to over 3,500 dead and more than 12,000 wounded. The need for humanitarian aid and an end to the conflict is urgent.

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