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Iran says Egyptian delay to allow aid to Gaza ‘unacceptable’
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA3(35).jpgTEHRAN – A top Iranian Foreign Ministry official has said that a delay by Egypt to permit Iran to send humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and airlift the wounded Palestinians to Iran for medical treatment is ‘unacceptable’.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, said that Iran is still waiting for Egypt’s permission, the Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.
In a month-long war against the besieged Gaza Strip about 2000 people have been killed and thousands more wounded. About half a million people have also been made homeless as a result of the war.
The Rafah border crossing, which is the main crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, is the only way to send aid to the Gaza Strip.
Amir-Abdollahian said it is more than two weeks that the wounded Palestinian women and children are waiting to be transferred to Iranian hospitals.
He added that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry does not cooperate enough to issue flight permission which is “questionable”.
The Foreign Ministry official said Egypt has not yet answered to a request by Iran Air planes to land in Cairo or Ismailia airports.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held telephone conversations with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi for two times in this regard, but Egypt has not taken any action yet.

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