The American NBC channel quoted an official at the Palestinian Embassy in Washington as saying: Rafah crossing Today, Monday, will be open, starting at nine in the morning local time, for the departure of foreigners and dual nationals to Egypt and the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. Gaza.
The American ABC channel also quoted a security source as saying that the opening of the Rafah crossing will continue for a few hours and then it will be closed again in the afternoon.
The source added that Israel will send teams from the Red Cross to inspect aid shipments flowing to the Palestinian side across the border.
Reuters quoted two Egyptian security sources as saying that an Egyptian-Israeli-American agreement had been reached for a temporary ceasefire in southern Gaza starting at nine in the morning.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced earlier that the United States is working with Egypt, Israel, and the United Nations to reopen the Rafah crossing.
But Reuters quoted the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that there is no agreement currently on a truce or the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza in exchange for the removal of foreigners.
The government media in Gaza also said that it had not yet received communications or confirmations from the relevant authorities on the Egyptian side regarding the opening of the crossing.
The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation reported that the United States, Israel, and Egypt agreed that the Rafah crossing would be open until five in the afternoon, but so far there has been no response from the Israeli army, the American embassy in Israel, or Hamas officials in this regard.
An international call
Yesterday, Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for urgent and unimpeded access to humanitarian aid into Gaza.
Guterres issued a press statement in which he said, “For Israel, humanitarian supplies and relief workers for civilians in Gaza must be allowed urgently and unimpeded,” noting that this goal “must not be a bargaining chip.”
He stated that Gaza was running out of water, fuel and other basic supplies, noting that the United Nations had stocks of food, water, non-food items, medical supplies and fuel in Egypt, Jordan, the West Bank and Israel.
He said that these materials could be sent within hours, “and to ensure their delivery, our dedicated colleagues on the ground and our NGO partners must be able to bring these supplies into and around Gaza without hindrance to deliver them to those in need.”
Running out of fuel
On the other hand, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that fuel reserves in all hospitals in the Gaza Strip cover needs for only about 24 hours.
The office added that stopping the backup generators would put the lives of thousands of patients at risk.
The director of Al-Shifa Medical Complex, Muhammad Abu Salamiya, warned of catastrophic repercussions if fuel, medicines, and medical supplies ran out, and he said that the lack of electricity to the hospital would turn it into a “cemetery for patients.”
Gaza’s hospitals announced that the number of wounded had exceeded their capacity, and that doctors had entered the stage of comparing the wounded to deal with them according to priorities, to preserve the lives of the largest number of citizens.
The World Health Organization warned that the forced evacuation of thousands of patients from northern Gaza to overcrowded health institutions unable to accommodate more in the south of the Strip would be tantamount to a death sentence.
The organization condemned repeated Israeli orders to evacuate 22 hospitals treating more than two thousand patients in northern Gaza.
Accumulation of bodies
On the other hand, dozens of bodies of unidentified martyrs were buried in a mass grave in Gaza.
The government media office said that this step comes in light of the accumulation of dozens of bodies of unidentified martyrs over the past days.
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