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Aid from Egypt enters Gaza via Israel’s Kerem Shalom Crossing

Around 200 trucks, including four with fuel, were rolling into the enclave after Biden's call with al-Sisi.

Aid trucks at the Kerem Shalom Crossing to Gaza in southern Israel, May 23, 2024. Source: COGAT/X.
Aid trucks at the Kerem Shalom Crossing to Gaza in southern Israel, May 23, 2024. Source: COGAT/X.

Some 200 aid trucks from Egypt were set to enter the Gaza Strip via Israel’s Kerem Shalom Crossing on Sunday, Reuters reported, citing the head of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society in North Sinai.

The movement comes after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi agreed to restore the flow of aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during a telephone call with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday.

Egypt halted U.N. aid deliveries into the southern city of Rafah after the Israeli military took control of the Gazan side of the Egypt-Gaza border. In Friday’s call, el-Sisi agreed to let the aid flow through Israel’s Kerem Shalom Crossing.

State-affiliated Cairo News shared video on X of what appeared to be the four fuel trucks that were scheduled to enter the coastal enclave on Sunday.

Despite Cairo deciding to not work with Israeli authorities on delivering aid via the Rafah Crossing, the Israeli Defense Ministry’s COGAT unit has repeatedly emphasized that all of the Israeli crossings remain open and that aid has been flowing continuously from the Israeli side, including 242 humanitarian aid trucks transferred from Jordan to Gaza last week.

The Israeli efforts to facilitate humanitarian aid come even as the Hamas terrorist group continues to target the Kerem Shalom Crossing, killing four IDF soldiers in a mortar attack earlier this month and last Thursday firing at the crossing during a rotation of humanitarian teams, all foreign citizens, with COGAT sharing a picture of them ducking during the attack.

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