Gaza-bound European aid ship unloaded in Egypt
A European aid ship carrying supplies to the Gaza Strip was being unloaded in the Egyptian port city of al-Arish, an official said Sunday.
The supplies would be transported to the strip onboard trucks later in the day, port director Gamal Abdul-Maqsoud told the German Press Agency dpa.
The trucks were to enter the enclave via the Rafah border crossing, some 45 kilometres from al-Arish, where the Miles of Smiles ship was docked.
Egypt opened the crossing indefinitely on May 28 after four years of closure, lifting restrictions on women, children and males over 40 or under 18 years.
The crossing was closed in 2007, after the Palestinian movement Hamas seized control of Gaza. Since then, Egypt has occasionally opened it for three or four-day periods.
Israel relaxed its blockade of the strip last year, allowing some civilian goods through, while maintaining a naval blockade.