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At least 120 trucks carrying aid have entered Gaza on Sunday, according to the Egyptian government.
Trucks carrying fuel and cooking gas headed toward northern Gaza in coordination with the United Nations and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Diaa Rashwan, chair of Egypt’s government press office, said in a statement.
Rashwan said the number of aid trucks will likely increase in the coming hours.
The PRCS said in a statement that an aid convoy of 100 trucks was sent to Gaza City and northern areas of the strip, carrying food, water, relief items, first aid supplies and medicine.
A freelance journalist working with CNN in Rafah, Egypt, also witnessed aid trucks continuing to enter the Rafah border from the Egyptian side on Sunday.
Dozens of trucks that entered the crossing on Saturday were still being processed through the Israeli checkpoint as of Sunday afternoon local time, or they were still unloading on the Gaza side of the border crossing, an Egyptian border official told CNN.
The official added that about 129,000 liters of diesel and 80,000 liters of gas went through the Rafah border crossing from the Egyptian side of the border.
Some background: While Sunday’s exchange of Hamas hostages for Palestinian prisoners and detainees has already been completed, the Saturday exchange was delayed by Hamas over a dispute that centered largely on the issue of aid for Gaza.
Hamas said Israel was not holding up the terms of its agreement to supply aid to the besieged enclave, saying “less than half” of the expected aid trucks had entered northern Gaza.
The issue was eventually resolved through mediation by Qatar, Qatari officials said.