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Israeli bombings: Wounded Palestinians taken to Cairo from Gaza!

CAIRO: Wounded Palestinians from Gaza were taken Sunday (16th day of May, 2021) across the Rafah border crossing into Egypt for medical treatment as Israeli strikes continued to pummel the enclave, medical and border sources said.

According to details three convoys of 263 Palestinians – including those wounded in the latest strikes as well as students and travellers with serious ailments – crossed into Rafah in the restive North Sinai region, the sources said. Israel imposed a land and sea blockade on Gaza after Islamist group Hamas seized control of the coastal strip in 2007. Rafah is the only passage not controlled by Israel to the outside world for Gaza — a densely populated area of around two million Palestinians, half of whom live below the poverty line. Egyptian authorities opened the crossing in February but it remains heavily secured and closed during public holidays. Egypt’s Red Crescent in North Sinai said Sunday on its Facebook page that medical emergency teams had been dispatched at the Egyptian side to help transport victims.

Tarek Tayel, Egypt’s ambassador in Ramallah, discussed with Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh Cairo’s “tireless efforts… to provide humanitarian support to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said. Israeli strikes killed more than 40 Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday, the worst reported daily death toll yet in the almost week-long fighting. The strikes have come in retaliation to Palestinian group Hamas launching rockets on Israel, amid high tensions after Israeli police clashed with Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated: “Today, at the Emergency Meeting of the OIC_OCI I reiterated the following: Support for Palestinian cause defining principle of Pakistan foreign policy Indiscriminate use of force by Israeli forces against defenseless Palestinians defies all international law. Tragedy of forced evictions of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Al-Quds Al-Shareef is latest manifestation of systematic Israeli effort to change demographic structure, historical & legal status & Arab-Islamic / Christian character of Al-Quds Al-Shareef.

“Creating false equivalence between Israel, the aggressor and Palestinians, the victims, is inexcusable. Attempts to silence media through tyranny, unacceptable…OIC owes genesis to Palestinian issue. Muslim Ummah must exhibit strong solidarity for people of Palestinian Territories, with action. There comes a time in the history of nations when decisions taken are remembered by posterity and it is important to be on the right side of history. This is one such moment. We must not fail the Palestinian people at this critical juncture.” | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.