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Egyptian aid convoy enters Gaza
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11:39, December 27, 2008

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A convoy of Egyptian aid offered to the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip entered the costal enclave on Friday, the official MENA news agency reported.

The first batch of the aid, which was provided by the Egyptian Red Crescent Society, crossed into Gaza via the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing, according to MENA.

After the arrival of this batch of aid, including medical equipment, the remaining relief materials are expected to reach Gaza in the coming week, head of the society Mamdouh Gabr was quoted as saying.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki has pledged that his country is ready to "deliver any aid from any country or organization into Gaza via Egyptian territories."

Last week, an Egyptian convoy carrying relief materials was blocked from entering Gaza for several days.

Egypt has planned to send about 80 truckloads of food and fuel aid into Gaza through Kerem Shalom crossing.

According to reports on Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has decided to open the border crossings with Gaza on Friday morning for delivery of humanitarian aid.

Since November, Israel has tightened the siege of Gaza to pressure Hamas militants into stopping their rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

A six-month truce, brokered by Egypt between Israel and Gaza militant groups, expired on Dec. 19 following failed efforts to resume the truce or extend it for another six months.

Soruce: Xinhua

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