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UN says only 33 aid trucks entered Gaza on October 29

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Thirty-three aid trucks entered Gaza on Sunday, the largest convoy to the war-ravaged Palestinian territory since Israel began restricting the delivery of aid, the UN said.

Prior to Israel’s siege, some 500 trucks carrying aid and other goods entered Gaza every day.

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The United Nations humanitarian organization OCHA said 33 trucks carrying water, food and medical supplies had gone into Gaza on Sunday, through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

“This is the largest delivery of humanitarian aid since 21 October, when limited deliveries resumed,” OCHA said in an update on the situation in Gaza sent early Monday.

To date, it said only117 trucks had entered Gaza through the crossing since limited deliveries resumed to the crowded Palestinian territory of 2.4 million people, which is facing a near-total siege and relentless Israeli bombardment.

Israel’s strikes have since then killed more than 8,000 people, half of them children, the Palestinian health ministry in the territory said.

A Palestinian carries a child casualty near the site of Israeli strikes on houses in Gaza City, October 28, 2023. (Reuters)
A Palestinian carries a child casualty near the site of Israeli strikes on houses in Gaza City, October 28, 2023. (Reuters)

Thousands of buildings have been flattened, with more than half the population displaced.

UN chief Antonio Guterres voiced alarm that Israel was intensifying its military operations in Gaza, warning that “the world is witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe.”

Palestinians react at the site of Israeli strikes on houses, as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas continues, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 26, 2023. (Reuters)
Palestinians react at the site of Israeli strikes on houses, as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas continues, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 26, 2023. (Reuters)

A US government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Sunday that Israel was committed to allowing 100 aid trucks into Gaza daily – a figure the UN has said was needed to meet the most basic needs.

OCHA welcomed the latest aid deliveries, but stressed that “a much larger volume of aid is needed on a regular basis to prevent further deterioration in the dire humanitarian situation, including civil unrest”.

“In particular, entry of fuel to operate medical equipment and water and sanitation facilities is urgently required.”

Of the 117 trucks allowed in so far, it said that 70 had carried medical supplies and 60 of them brought in food and nutritional items.

Only 13 carried water and sanitation supplies, it said.

A premature Palestinian baby lies in an incubator at the maternity ward of Shifa Hospital, which according to health officials is about to shut down as it runs out of fuel and power, , in Gaza City October 22, 2023. (Reuters)
A premature Palestinian baby lies in an incubator at the maternity ward of Shifa Hospital, which according to health officials is about to shut down as it runs out of fuel and power, , in Gaza City October 22, 2023. (Reuters)

And Israel has blocked all deliveries of fuel, saying it would be exploited by Hamas to manufacture weapons and explosives.

Israel imposed the siege and unleashed its massive bombing campaign in retaliation for an incursion by militant group Hamas across the border on October 7, in which 1,400 people were killed. The militants reportedly took 230 hostages, according to Israeli officials.

(With AFP)

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