Turkey says it has accepted 26 patients from Gaza for treatment

Ambulances cross back into the Egyptian side of the border with the Gaza Strip in Rafah, on November 1, 2023, as they transport wounded to Egyptian field hospitals. (AFP)
Ambulances cross back into the Egyptian side of the border with the Gaza Strip in Rafah, on November 1, 2023, as they transport wounded to Egyptian field hospitals. (AFP)

Turkey’s health minister says 26 patients from Gaza and 13 people accompanying them have passed through the Rafah crossing into Egypt today.

Speaking to reporters in Egypt, Fahrettin Koca says Turkish officials hope to evacuate the patients and the people escorting them to Turkey by air later today for treatment in Turkish hospitals.

Koca also says Turkey plans to set up a field hospital close to the Rafah crossing.

Turkey has long offered to treat cancer patients in the country. Koca described the patients evacuated today as “Gazans” and did not specify if any have Turkish nationality.

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