A wounded Palestinian protester lies in a Palestinian Red Crescent mini-ambulance after being evacuated from the Aqsa mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, amidst clashes with Israeli security forces. AFP
Egypt sent 10 ambulances into Gaza on Saturday to pick up casualties of Israeli bombardments for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, medical and security sources said.
The ambulances entered Gaza at the Rafah crossing, which is otherwise closed for five days over the Eid Al Fitr holiday and the weekend and is due to reopen on Monday, according to Reuters.
A further five ambulances have been deployed to enter Gaza later and three Egyptian hospitals have been readied to provide treatment, the sources and local health officials said.
Egypt, which is leading regional efforts to restore calm, had been pushing for a ceasefire overnight pending talks, two Egyptian security sources said. Egypt, which shares a border with Gaza, has been leaning on Hamas and pressing others, such as the United States, to secure an agreement with Israel.The Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers discussed efforts to end the Gaza confrontation and to prevent "provocations" in Jerusalem, Egypt's Foreign Ministry said.
Five Palestinians died on Sunday in surging cross-border fighting while Israel alleged that rockets from Gaza killed three people in an Israeli city.
The dangerous escalation in Gaza and the tragic loss of innocent lives is a matter of deep concern, as it will further bruise the already-tottering peace efforts. Among the Palestinians killed by the Israeli strikes were a pregnant woman and her 14-month-old niece, which is a clear indication
Explosives tied to balloons and kites first emerged as a weapon in Gaza during intense protests in 2018, when the makeshift devices drifted across the border daily, causing thousands of fires in Israeli farms and communities.
The army, without reporting casualties, said the rocket targeted southern Israel, where sirens sounded to warn of the fire. According to Palestinian security sources, the Israeli raid caused only material damage in Rafah, southern Gaza.
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He added, “What we experience today will become something of the past tomorrow. Joining university and getting a degree was the ultimate end of our parents, but I assure you that education will never come to an end."
In a flash of a second, the men started to climb the pipe attached to the building forming a human chain.