Egypt opens border with Gaza to move wounded Palestinians to hospitals

EL ARISH, Egypt – Egypt opened its only crossing with the Gaza Strip to receive wounded Palestinians on Sunday, a medical official said, a day after 54 people were killed in Israel’s latest offensive against militants firing rockets from the territory.
Egypt sent 27 ambulances to the Rafah crossing to transfer 150-200 wounded Palestinians to hospitals in the Sinai Peninsula and other cities on the mainland, said Emad Kharboush, a medical official at el-Arish hospital near the Israeli border.
“We have mobilized all our efforts to receive and treat our Palestinian brothers in our hospitals,” Kharboush told The Associated Press.
Sunday was the first time Egypt has agreed to open the crossing since the militant Palestinian group Hamas blew up part of the border wall on Jan. 23, allowing hundreds of thousands of Gazans to flood across the frontier unchecked for 12 days.

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