Two Saudi planes carrying medical aid arrive in Egypt

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Two Saudi planes carrying medical aid arrived in Egypt on Tuesday as part of the kingdom’s efforts to help the Arab world’s biggest nation overcome its crisis.

The planes carried 100 tons of medical aid needed to set up three field hospitals to help treat hundreds of people who were injured in the violence between security forces and Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammad Mursi.

Saudi Ambassador in Cairo Ahmad Abdel Aziz Qattan and Egyptian military officials received the planes at a military airport east of Cairo.

A military official said the planes also carried three field hospitals with operating rooms and latest equipment needed.

Qattan said flights will continue to airlifting medical aid to Egypt in the coming days.

State news agency reported on Sunday that the decision to send medical aid to Egypt was aimed at “standing by and supporting the brotherly Egyptian people, and to reduce the pressure on hospitals there.”

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