U.N. fuel trucks cross Rafah border from Egypt into Gaza: report

October 16, 2023

A CNN staffer on Monday reported seeing the first United Nations fuel trucks enter southern Gaza through Egypt’s Rafah border crossing. 

The Rafah border crossing—the only legal entry from Gaza into Egypt—was reported closed on Tuesday amid the Israel-Hamas war.

The U.N. trucks crossing into Gaza would be the first fuel to enter Gaza since Hamas’ massive surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, October 7, and that Monday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “complete seige” of Gaza, cutting off electricity, food, fuel and water in the territory. 

The state relief fund agency Jordanian Hashemite Charitable Organization flew medicine and medical supplies to Egypt on Thursday, with the aim of then transporting it into Gaza via the Rafah crossing, as well. As of Monday, CNN reported that all aid was stuck at the crossing. 

Last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) dropped leaflets on Gaza, ordering residents to flee ahead of an expected ground operation in the territory. About 1.1 million people live in the northern area of Gaza. Many have fled by car or truck as well as on foot. 

PHOTO: Rafah border crossing in 2009

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