CAIRO: Egyptian trucks loaded with aid to help Gaza’s civilians trapped amid Israel’s war against Hamas arrived at the Rafah border crossing on Tuesday.

The convoy of 100 vehicles traveled from the city of El-Arish in Egypt’s north to the border with the enclave.

Sonaa Al-Khair Foundation, which is part of the National Alliance for Civil Development Work, a coalition of NGOs in Egypt, announced on its Facebook page that the aid convoy had “arrived at the Rafah crossing and is waiting to enter Gaza.”

Volunteers from the foundation have also traveled to the Rafah crossing “to deliver aid in support of our brothers in Gaza,” it added.

The message was accompanied by photos of volunteers standing at the border.

Egypt says the crossing is not officially closed, but humanitarian aid cannot enter Gaza due to Israeli airstrikes.

The aid includes 1,000 tons of food, 40,000 blankets, and over 300,000 boxes of medicines and medical supplies, accompanied by medical specialists.

Egypt’s National Security Council, headed by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the military escalation in Gaza.

The council passed a resolution seeking “to intensify contacts with international and regional relief organizations in order to deliver the necessary assistance.”

On Thursday, Egypt called on countries and organizations wanting to send aid to the Palestinians in Gaza to deliver supplies to El-Arish airport.

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