The Karem Abu Salem crossing, also known as Kerem Shalom in Israel, may soon be opening to allow more humanitarian aid to be delivered to Gaza. Martin Griffiths, the United Nations aid chief, said that negotiations are ongoing and there are promising signs that the crossing may open soon. Currently, aid is only trickling through to Gaza via the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border. The opening of Karem Abu Salem would be a huge boost to the logistical process and base of a humanitarian operation.
Griffiths emphasized the need for aid to be delivered in a more sustained and organized fashion. He stated that the current humanitarian operation in the south of Gaza is not dependable and sustainable. Colonel Elad Goren, head of the civil department at COGAT, the Israeli agency for civilian coordination with the Palestinians, said that Kerem Shalom will be opened for inspection in the next few days. Israel is engaged in discussions with the United States, the United Nations, and Egypt on how to raise the volume of humanitarian assistance.
The UN has reported that aid teams have extremely limited movement in the south, and access to the north is entirely blocked. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, urging the UN Security Council to act on the war in Gaza. Griffiths stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire, and the whole humanitarian community is behind this move.
The Palestinian Ambassador to the UN expressed hope that the Security Council would adopt a resolution calling for a ceasefire. There are 1.8 million Palestinians residing in southern Gaza, and the UN and NGOs have warned of the spread of disease due to the total collapse of the sanitation system and the absence of clean water. The suffering in the besieged strip is beyond imagination, with thousands of children killed and many more suffering from malnutrition and severe medical conditions.
The situation in Gaza is dire, and the opening of the Karem Abu Salem crossing would provide much-needed relief to the people of Gaza. It is crucial for the international community to come together and take action to address the humanitarian crisis in the region.
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