OPT: WFP aid trucks awaiting access to Gaza

CAIRO, Aug 14, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Twenty-two trucks of relief materials for the Palestinians in Gaza arrived Tuesday at the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing on the Egypt-Gaza border, the official MENA news agency reported.

The trucks carrying 400 tons of flour provided by the World Food Program (WFP) are awaiting access to the costal strip, where the humanitarian situation is deteriorating.

Coordination is under way to allow the trucks into the Palestinian territories, an official at the terminal was quoted by MENA as saying.

On Monday, 15 Egyptian trucks loaded with 270 tons of flour offered by the Egyptian Red Crescent crossed into the Gaza Strip via the Karam Salem crossing.

Gaza has been facing a deeper humanitarian crisis since the takeover of the coastal strip by the Islamic Resistance Movement ( Hamas) in mid-June, when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sacked the Hamas-led government and appointed a new one based in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The Strip has become more isolated from the entire world after all crossings and passages, which were jointly operated by Abbas' security forces and Israel, had been shut down for about two months.