Aid trucks enter Gaza after weeks as Israeli attacks continue across the strip | Israel-Palestine Conflict News

Aid trucks are entering Gaza through the Karem Abu Salem crossing in the south as the living conditions of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians continue to deteriorate under Israel’s relentless war against the Palestinian enclave.

Egyptian state-affiliated Al-Qahera television on Sunday shared an X video showing aid trucks entering Gaza through the crossing, known to Israelis as Kerem Shalom. Aid officials said 200 trucks loaded with aid are ready to enter the strip.

The Karem Abu Salem crossing is located at the intersection of Israel, Gaza and Egypt.

The first four trucks to enter Gaza were carrying fuel for hospitals and desalination plants, said Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud, reporting from Deir el-Balah in Gaza. He said four other trucks were expected to transport cooking gas.

A photograph from March 14 of an aid truck seen at the Karem Abu Salem crossing (File: Carlos García Rawlins/Reuters)

Mahmoud said the aid will be distributed to the organizations supposed to receive it, who will take it to warehouses in the evacuation zone of Khan Younis city and central Gaza.

But, he warned, the help is not enough.

“The 200 trucks are not enough in the face of the challenges and the harsh and difficult conditions created not only by the intense bombing campaign but also by the conditions created on the ground,” Mahmoud said.

“We are talking about an inoperative aid mechanism on the ground in terms of ensuring the safety of humanitarian workers, in terms of infrastructure, as well as warehouses that have been deliberately attacked several times in the past.”

Sunday’s delivery volume is still well below what the United Nations says is the minimum of 500 to 600 trucks needed daily to feed millions of people – most of them refugees – on the brink of famine. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), a global hunger monitor, has warned of imminent famine in parts of Gaza, home to 2.3 million people.

Aid to Gaza has been held up at the Rafah border crossing since early May after Israeli forces intensified their military offensive in the area where hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians had taken refuge. Rafah is the main entry point into Gaza for humanitarian aid and commercial supplies.

UN humanitarian officials, aid groups and health workers had been pleading with Israel for days, if not weeks, to allow the delivery of much-needed food, fuel and medical supplies to Gaza, warning that failure to do so could plunge the area into a massive crisis. starvation.

On Friday, Egypt reached an agreement with the United States to temporarily allow UN humanitarian aid to reach Gaza through Karem Abu Salem until legal mechanisms are established to reopen the Rafah crossing from the Palestinian side.

There have been reports that some food supplies destined for Gaza had begun to rot due to delayed delivery despite Israeli objections.

Dozens of deaths in the last 24 hours

Even as aid arrives in Gaza after weeks, it remains unclear how it will be delivered to the areas amid relentless Israeli bombing and killings.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said Sunday that at least 35,984 people have died in the territory since October. The death toll includes at least 81 in the last 24 hours, according to a ministry statement, adding that another 80,643 people have been injured.

On Sunday, a health official in Gaza told Al Jazeera that at least 58 people had died across the territory in the past 24 hours, including 10 children taking shelter at a school in Jabalia.

In Rafah, the epicenter of Israel’s latest military offensive in southern Gaza, at least six people from the same family were killed in an Israeli attack.

The survivors of the attack were taken to a Kuwaiti hospital, according to the Wafa news agency. It was unclear how many people were injured.

Other Israeli attacks on a women’s center in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza also killed a child and six other people.

In northern Gaza, Israeli forces are advancing toward Jabalia, attempting to take control of its largest refugee camp.

Fighting in the countryside has intensified in the past two weeks, and Hamas claimed on Saturday to have captured some Israeli soldiers during fighting in Jabalia. The Israeli military rejected the claim.

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