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President Biden confirmed on Friday that trucks transporting humanitarian assistance will soon enter Gaza.
During a recent meeting with EU leaders, Biden disclosed, “I got a commitment from the Israelis and the president of Egypt that the crossing will be open.” He attributed the delay to necessary road repairs, assuring, “within the next 24 to 48 hours, the first 20 trucks will come across with aid.”
This comes after President Biden announced earlier this week that an agreement had been reached with Israeli officials to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza via Egypt, stipulating that “aid should go to civilians, not to Hamas.” Following this, a conversation with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led to an agreement permitting up to 20 aid trucks through the Rafah border crossing.
However, as of Friday, Gaza, heavily affected by recent Israeli strikes following Hamas-led attacks on Israel, has yet to receive the promised aid. This has intensified concerns about an impending humanitarian crisis, with many Palestinians in dire need of essentials like food and medicine.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, present at the Rafah crossing, emphasized the urgent need for the aid, stating, “We absolutely need to have these trucks moving as quickly as possible.” President Biden has also pledged $100 million to assist over a million Palestinians impacted by the conflict, catering to emergency needs in Gaza.