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Being a member in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) gives a hand to the whole world when a disaster or a calamity took place.
The ERC is keen to support, within its capabilities, the peoples are in disasters via either the direct coordination with the concerned national society in a country that suffers disaster or cooperation with the international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), the United Nations High Commissionerfor Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and others.
On basis of the humanitarian role, the Egyptian Red Crescent continued its support to the Palestinian people especially in Gaza strip to alleviate their suffering. This role has been adopted by the ERC for many years to ease the strip residents' pains and to give smiles of hope on their faces.
In the wake of the brutal aggression on the strip in July 2014, the ERC launched an emergency plan and formed three emergency rooms that operated over 24 hours in the ERC headquartersin Nasr City and its branches in Ismailia and North Sinai. The branches were provided with strategic stock of relief supplies.
The ERC contacted with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and opened direct communication channels with the concerned authorities along the border Rafah crossing to facilitate the humanitarian aid movement.
The ERC also communicated with the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) to receive aid that coming from Egypt and other countries.
The ERC coordinated with the ICRC and the IFRC and the UN organizations to clarify the steps and measures should be followed by the donor parts to facilitate entering of the humanitarian aid into the Strip.
The ERC youth members in North Sinai participated in transporting the humanitarian aid through the Rafah crossing to deliver it to the PRC or to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. They also helped in transporting the injured Palestinians to hospitals and provided them and their companions with the psychological support.
The ERC branch of Ismailia transferred the humanitarian aid from Ismailia airport and ports to Arish city to be delivered to the ERC branch of North Sinai then to Gaza Strip.
The humanitarian aid that entered into Gaza Strip by the ERC through Rafah crossing since the beginning of the aggression until Sep. 23, 2014 reached 1,992 tons of food, 1,337 tons of medicine and medicalsupplies, and 365 tons of relief supplies; the aid includes 14 ambulances, 15 cars, 6 field hospitals, and 3 mobile clinics as well.
This humanitarian aid was submitted by the ERC, the Egyptian Armed Forces, Emirates Red Crescent, Tunisian Red Crescent, Palestine University, the Arab Medical Union, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Morocco, Al-Azhar, United Arab of Emirates, Kuwait, the Arab League, Malaysia, SEDICO Pharmaceutical Company, Egyptian Pharmacist Syndicate, the Republic of Tunisia, the World Food Program, Oman Charitable Organization, the Turkish Red Crescent, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kuwaiti Red Crescent, Islamic Republic of Iran, the Palestinian Contractors Union, the World Health Organization, the Republic of South Africa, the Music For Peace Organization(Italy), and the Egyptian Association of Agricultural Fisheries.
The Egyptian Red crescent has played a major role in providing the Palestinians and Gaza Strip with the support over the past ten years especially in 2006, 2007 and 2008; in coordinating with the North Sinai governorate officials, non-governmental organizations and the donor parts nationwide, the ERC - since the beginning of the Israeli blockade on the strip - established temporary places that were provided with the basic needs of livings for the Palestinians who were stranded at the crossing. During the aggression on Gaza in 2008, the ERC transferred the humanitarian aid to the strip; it set up a communication network with the components and bodies of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, national associations, donor parties, UN organizations and the governmental organizations to enhance the humanitarian contribution for the Gaza people.
The humanitarian aid and relief supplies that submitted by the ERC to Gaza over the past ten years were estimated 77 million EGP. This humanitarian aid includes food, relief supplies, medicine and medical supplies. The ERC provides its support to the Palestinians in Egypt as well; the medical costs of the injured Palestinians are put on the ERC expenses. The ERC also provides Palestine hospital with medical equipment; in addition, it gives the Palestinian Red Crescent financial aid in cash.