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Iran calls on Egypt to unconditionally open Rafah crossing

Dec. 7: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Wednesday called for the unconditional opening of Egypt’s Rafah crossing for residents in the war-torn Gaza Strip.

Amir-Abdollahian said on X: “It is highly expected that the highest authorities in Egypt will open the Rafah crossing unconditionally to send medicine, food and fuel to the entire Gaza Strip.”

Earlier also, Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on the sidelines of the OIC-Arab League Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“Today is our test day and Egypt is expected to open the Rafah crossing to send water, medicine &…to Gaza,” the Iranian foreign minister said during the meeting.

He pointed out that the “Israeli regime collapsed on Oct 7 and is now alive on American artificial respiration,” adding that the world is witnessing the full-scale American war against Gaza.

The Rafah crossing is the only entry point to Gaza not controlled by Israel, which has implemented a “complete blockade” on the enclave and the more than 2.3 million Palestinians living there.

Some aid trucks have been able to enter Gaza through Egypt since the crisis began, but the main United Nations agencies working in Gaza have warned the limited shipments have done little to address humanitarian needs — and that more aid is desperately needed.

The Gaza Health Ministry has confirmed that the healthcare system in the besieged territory has “totally collapsed due to the Israeli war”. At least 22 hospitals and 49 medical centers are out of service due to Israeli raids, according to the enclave’s health ministry. The UN agencies have warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is ‘catastrophic’, calling for more international help as conditions deteriorate in the densely populated besieged enclave.

Tehran says the history of Israel is full of assassinations, massacre, torture and killing of Palestinian kids, and described Tel Aviv regime’s atrocities and massacre of Palestinian women and children as indicative of the destitute of Zionists. Iranian officials say Tel Aviv has been struggling for more than 70 years to exit its identity crisis which has been mixed with genocide, plunder, forced displacement and scores of other inhumane moves.

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