Balancing Act: Meeting the Food Needs of Egyptians and Gazans

The Egyptian Red Crescent Society (ERCS) announced that Egypt’s emergency supplies of food and medicine had dwindled to critical levels amid the crisis in Gaza. The World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Cindy McCain made an urgent plea for the millions of people affected by the crisis. She also met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to discuss Egypt’s efforts to provide aid to Gaza. Egypt has been coordinating the transport of humanitarian cargo and has sent over 70 airplanes from 17 nations to help with aid efforts in Gaza.

The ERCS has brought over 450 trucks with about 6,000 tons of humanitarian aid into Gaza and continues to update its list of needs based on the events happening in the region. Egyptian civil society organizations, including the National Alliance for Civil Development, have also joined the efforts to mobilize aid for Gaza.

Despite the challenges faced in delivering aid to Gaza, the international community is urged to increase pressure to bring in aid and save lives. Injured Gazans have been crossing the Rafah border post for treatment on the Egyptian side, where medical facilities are ready to handle complex surgical operations. Despite restrictions from the Israeli side, Egypt remains prepared to handle all medical cases arriving through the Rafah border crossing.