Iran PM: Egypt not cooperating on aid delivery to Gaza
The Egyptian government refuses to cooperate for the dispatch of medical and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.
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On Wednesday, spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini criticized Egypt’s policies regarding the Israeli regime’s onslaught on Gaza, saying Cairo has not issued the permit needed for the delivery of relief aid to the blockaded Palestinian territory.
“Cairo is not providing the necessary cooperation for sending medicines and humanitarian aid to Gaza,” he added.
The parliamentarian also noted that the plane carrying the Islamic Republic’s medicines and humanitarian aid for Gaza is currently waiting for a flight permit to Egypt.
Naqavi Hosseini further pointed out that Egypt has also done nothing to facilitate the travel of a group of Iranian lawmakers to the Gaza Strip, adding, “The six-member parliamentary delegation is waiting for visa issuance by the Egyptian government, which has not appeared cooperative so far.”
Headed by Hassan Kamran, a member of the Majlis Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, the parliamentary team plans to visit Gaza to pay tribute to the families of people affected during the Israeli strikes on the coastal sliver.
The remarks came on the same day that Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian urged Cairo to immediately reopen the Rafah border crossing amid Tel Aviv’s offensive against the Gaza Strip.
Despite international outcries, Cairo is keeping the Rafah border crossing closed. The 12-kilometer crossing links Egypt to the Gaza Strip.
Israeli warplanes and tanks have been pounding numerous sites inside the besieged Gaza Strip and killing innocent residents of the impoverished Palestinian enclave since July 8.
The Palestinian death toll from more than three weeks of aerial and ground assaults on Gaza now stands at 1,300, with more than 7,200 people wounded.