Aid trucks enter Gaza from Egypt as four-day truce comes into effect

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Aid trucks began entering the Gaza Strip from Egypt through the Rafah border crossing shortly after a four-day truce between Israel and Hamas came into effect, Reuters TV footage showed on Friday.

Two of the trucks, representing Egyptian organizations, sported banners that said, “Together for Humanity.”

Another said: “For our brothers in Gaza.”

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Several ambulances carrying dozens of wounded Palestinians also began making their way into Egypt through the border crossing, Al Arabiya reported.

A total of 230 trucks carrying much-needed aid are expected to enter the territory on Friday, Al Arabiya reported, as hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been left with little to no supplies of water, food, medicine, and fuel.

Egypt has said 130,000 litres of diesel and four trucks of gas will be delivered daily to Gaza when the truce starts, and
that 200 trucks of aid would enter Gaza daily.

Separately, the Israeli military dropped leaflets over southern Gaza, warning hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians who sought refuge there not to try to return to their homes in the northern half of the territory, the focus of Israel’s ground offensive.

Israel has said it would block attempts to return. Despite the warning, hundreds of Palestinians were seen walking north Friday.

The temporary ceasefire began on Friday with the militants set to release 13 Israeli women and child hostages later in the day and aid begins to flow into the besieged enclave.

The truce – the first in the near seven-week-old war – began at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT), involving a comprehensive ceasefire in north and south Gaza, and was to be followed by the release of some of the more than 200 hostages taken by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack inside Israel, mediators in Qatar said.

A number of Palestinian prisoners, including women and children, held in Israeli prisons were to be freed in exchange.

(With Reuters)

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