First fire trucks enter Gaza in two decades

Rescue vehicles, including fire trucks, are entering Gaza Strip for the first time in in more than two decades.
The equipment is donated by Qatar in efforts to keep the peace between Hamas and Israel.

Israel allowed a convoy of rescue vehicles, donated by Qatar, into the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said.
The convoy included the first fire trucks to be imported into the Palestinian territory in more than two decades.
The equipment also included portable fire pumps towed by SUVs.
The local civil defense previously had just 33 vehicles to serve the territory's 2.5 million people, including just one fire truck with a hydraulic platform.
Israel and Egypt have blockaded Gaza since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power from the Western-backed Palestinian Authority in 2007.
In recent years Qatar has provided aid and led development projects supporting efforts to keep the peace between Hamas and Israel, which have fought three wars in the last decade.
Gaza Civil Defense officials say no firefighting equipment had been allowed into Gaza since 2007, and the last shipment of fire trucks was brought by the Palestinian authorities in 1998.

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