World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian authorities deny entry to a delegation of European doctors, who have arrived to offer help to the residents of Gaza, into the Palestinian strip, a coordinator of Palestinian doctors in Europe said Saturday.
"The delegation consists of anesthetists, surgeons and disaster specialists," Abdeen Fayez added in a statement.
He did not, however, mention the reasons for preventing the members of the medical delegation from entering the Gaza Strip from Rafah crossing on the border between Egypt and the coastal Palestinian enclave, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2006.
Fayez called on Egyptian authorities to let the members of the delegation to enter Gaza to offer help to its residents, while the Israeli military continues to pound the strip since Monday.
At least 135 Gazans, mostly civilians, have been killed and hundreds injured since Monday in a series of Israeli airstrikes.
Israel's military offensive, dubbed "Operation Protective Edge," is ostensibly aimed at ending rocket fire from Gaza.
Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets into Israel – without causing any fatalities thus far – in response to the unrelenting Israeli attacks.
Egypt has been tightening its control on the border crossing with Gaza for several months now.
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