Egypt Sends Reconstruction Aid to Gaza Strip

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sent people and equipment to the Gaza Strip to help rebuild.


The densely populated strip was badly damaged by the Israeli bombing last month. More than 250 Palestinians have been killed.

Egyptian bulldozers, cranes, workers and engineers have crossed the border in Rafah. It is the only access from Egypt to the isolated strip, where about two million people live huddled and locked up. Al-Sisi has pledged half a billion dollars for reconstruction.

His country played a crucial role in securing a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian fighters in Gaza, who fired rockets at Israel.

Israel isolates the strip where many descendants of Palestinians who were displaced in other parts of Palestine as a result of the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948.

Egyptian military controlled the Gaza Strip, which was flooded with refugees, from roughly 1949 to 1967. the short boundary with the strip usually closed.

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