Cairo, 14 October 2023 (TDI): A shipment of 78 cubic meters of World Health Organization’s (WHO) supplies has arrived at Al-Arish airport in Egypt from the Dubai logistics hub.

These vital provisions will be promptly distributed to Gaza, pending humanitarian access through the Rafah crossing.

Israel enforced the Gaza blockade following a Hamas attack that resulted in the deaths of over 1,300 Israelis and soldiers during a border incursion.

On Thursday, Gaza edged closer to a humanitarian crisis with rising death tolls and depleting essential supplies.

Israel positioned tanks near the enclave’s border, fueling concerns of an imminent ground invasion, despite global pleas for restraint. The situation remains dire, prompting urgent international attention.

The shipment comprises trauma medicines to aid 1,200 wounded patients, along with supplies for 1,500 individuals battling heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory issues.

Additionally, essential health items are included to support 300,000 people, including pregnant women, in Gaza. The aid shipment features trauma pouches containing essential supplies to treat 235 wounded individuals.

Given the overwhelmed state of Gaza’s hospitals and restricted movement due to ongoing conflict, these pouches will ensure injured individuals can receive vital, immediate care in any location, stabilizing their condition and potentially saving lives.

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Despite Israeli attacks, Egypt assures Rafah crossing to Gaza remains open, albeit temporarily halted due to recent bombardments. Traffic was affected, but passage is expected to resume soon.

WHO collaborates with Egyptian and Palestinian Red Crescent Societies to facilitate the transportation and delivery of essential supplies from Egypt to Gaza. The partnership aims to ensure seamless logistics and aid distribution to people in need.

WHO, in solidarity with the UN, has urged Israel to cancel orders for evacuating 1 million residents north of Wadi Gaza, emphasizing the potential catastrophe for patients, healthcare professionals, and civilians stuck in the mass exodus.