Trucks carrying humanitarian supplies started entering Gaza on Saturday as Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing, local media reported.

About 20 trucks crossed into the Gaza Strip to deliver desperately needed aid for the first time since Israel announced a complete blockade on the region on Oct. 9 following the Hamas militant group's surprise attack on the country, the reports said.

A convoy of trucks carrying relief supplies from the Egyptian side is pictured in Rafah in southern Gaza on Oct. 21, 2023. (Anadolu Agency/Getty/Kyodo)

The initial delivery will be a fraction of the supplies needed in Gaza, where the United Nations estimates some 1.4 million of the 2.2 million residents have been displaced after Israel's retaliatory attacks.

It is unknown whether Gaza residents with foreign or dual nationality can enter Egypt through the Rafah crossing.

U.S. President Joe Biden said earlier in the week that he had spoken with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and were in agreement on opening the border crossing to deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Hamas on Friday released two U.S. hostages taken from Israel during its Oct. 7 attack. Diplomatic efforts are ongoing to free over 200 hostages believed to be held by the group.

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