Turkish ship carrying field hospitals docks in Egypt near Gaza

A Turkish vessel carrying materials for field hospitals arrives in Egypt’s port of El Arish near the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, a port official says.

It is the first such aid vessel to arrive in Egypt since war broke out on October 7.

A Turkish health official tells AFP that the vessel was carrying “materials, generators, ambulances to establish eight field hospitals.”

The Turkish official adds that Ankara had requested Cairo’s approval to build the field hospitals in El Arish, which lies about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Rafah border — the only crossing to Gaza not controlled by Israel.

“We received the green light from Egyptian authorities. We will set up these hospitals in the areas shown by the Egyptian authorities,” the official said.

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