Monday, December 22, 2008

Egypt aid waiting to enter Gaza after Hamas declares truce

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AFP) — A convoy carrying a million dollars of Egyptian food and medical aid is expected to enter the Gaza Strip after Hamas agreed on Monday to a 24-hour unilateral truce with Israel to allow it in.

An official in El-Arish, 30 miles (45 kilometres) from the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, said the aid had been waiting there since Sunday but had not been allowed in because of Palestinian rocket fire.

The aid can enter after Hamas official Ayman Taha said the Islamists and other armed factions in Gaza accepted "a calm for a 24-hour period following Egyptian mediation in exchange for the delivery of aid from Egypt."

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki told AFP that "we asked both both parties to create a suitable atmosphere to allow an Egyptian humanitarian convoy from the Egyptian Red Crescent to enter Gaza in security."

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