Some 3,500 patients in Gaza are eagerly awaiting the opening of Rafah crossing, on the joint borders between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, in order to travel to receive medical treatment in Arab and international hospitals, says Ministry of Health spokesperson, Ashraf Al-Qidra.In a radio statement on Monday, Al-Qidra expressed his deep concern regarding the seriously deteriorating health conditions in the Gaza Strip, in light of the standing closure of the Rafah crossing.

According to Al Ray, Al-Qidra stated that contacts underway with the Egyptian side will not result in progress until the moment of Rafah’s reopening, calling Cairo to see to this very soon.

Al-Qidra called on the International Red Cross, as well as other medical and human rights organizations, to exert pressure in opening the crossing, and to allow patients travel to receive medical treatment.

Since the beginning of this year, Rafah crossing has only been opened for 19 days, during which only a few hundred people managed to travel abroad.

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