First aid trucks enter Gaza after truce ends, renewed Israeli strikes | Israel-Palestine conflict


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Aid organizations are facing challenges in providing assistance to Palestinians in Gaza as Israel resumes its bombing of the enclave. Since the end of a weeklong truce and the resumption of Israeli airstrikes, only a limited number of aid trucks have been able to enter the besieged Gaza Strip through Egypt.

The Palestine Red Crescent teams confirmed that they have received 50 aid trucks through the Rafah crossing from their partners in the Egypt Red Crescent. These trucks contain food, water, relief assistance, medical supplies, and medicine, which are much needed in Gaza.

However, no aid convoys or fuel deliveries had entered Gaza since the resumption of Israeli bombing, causing a halt in humanitarian operations within the region. Before the truce, fewer than 100 trucks were passing into Gaza each day, but during the truce, about 200 trucks entered every day. This is significantly lower than the 500 trucks of aid that were entering Gaza daily before the war started.

The main difficulty in getting the trucks inside Gaza lies with an Israeli checkpoint that has been established to vet every single truck before entry. This has caused significant bottlenecks and delays in delivering essential aid to the people of Gaza.

Hisham Mhanna of the International Committee of the Red Cross stated that the ongoing fighting in Gaza has made it difficult for aid agencies to operate. He emphasized the need for a complete ceasefire to alleviate the suffering of civilians and prevent a collapse of the humanitarian sector in Gaza.

The UN has lobbied for Israel to open the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing near Rafah, which used to handle large quantities of goods before the war, but Israel has refused. As a result, humanitarian operations within Gaza have largely halted, and the evacuation of wounded people and the return of Gazans stranded in Egypt have also stopped.

The Ministry of Health announced that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks in Gaza has risen to 15,207, with a majority of them being women and children. Additionally, more than 40,000 people have been wounded in the attacks, and many are at risk of dying due to a lack of treatment options in Gaza hospitals.

In conclusion, the resumption of Israeli bombing in Gaza has severely impacted the delivery of humanitarian aid to the region, leading to a halt in operations and a dire situation for the people of Gaza. Efforts are needed to ensure a complete ceasefire and the opening of border crossings to allow for the delivery of essential aid to those in need.

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