Egypt has made available to Palestinians injured in the violence between Palestinian factions and Israel, the worst in seven years, 11 hospitals and 165 fully equipped ambulances in three Egyptian provinces.
According to the Egyptian news agency MENA, the Egyptian government has put in place a plan ordered by the country’s president, Abdelfatah al Sisi, to transfer and treat in hospitals in the northern provinces of Sinai, Ismailiya (northeast) and in the capital, the wounded Palestinians.
According to Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed, the process of “transferring” to Egypt the wounded Palestinians from the Gaza Strip will be coordinated jointly with the central emergency teams, those from the province of Sinai and the Ambulance Authority.
Egypt provided 223 health workers at three hospitals in northern Sinai, which have a capacity of 369 beds, of which 81 are for intensive care.
Ismailiya province, located in northeastern Egypt, will have two medical centers, 470 beds and 1,145 doctors and nurses.
Also six hospitals in Cairo, with a total of 963 beds and 3,606 health professionals, will be available for the wounded.
As for the number of ambulances available, the Minister of Health said that 50 vehicles are available in the cities near the Suez Canal (Ismailiya, Port Said and Suez), another 65 operating in northern Sinai and still 50 in the reserve.
The Egyptian Ambulance Authority on Sunday announced its readiness to transfer wounded Palestinians from the Rafah border post, which links Egyptian Sinai with the Gaza Strip, and which was opened the same day to receive the wounded.
Egypt, a mediator between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which has governed Gaza since 2007, made this decision in the face of the sharp escalation of violence between Israel and the strip, which in the past week has killed 200 Palestinians and 10 Israelis.