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A convoy of 20 trucks crossed into Gaza from the Egyptian border, as confirmed by the United Nations. This move aims to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which is currently grappling with shortages of vital necessities due to the conflict between Hamas and Israel.
UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths expressed his optimism, stating, “I am confident that this delivery will be the start of a sustainable effort to provide essential supplies – including food, water, medicine and fuel – to the people of Gaza, in a safe, dependable, unconditional and unimpeded manner.”
This comes as an impending Israeli ground invasion raises concerns for more civilian casualties in the region. Previously, there was growing distress as a reported 55 aid trucks were stalled at the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s border with Egypt. The urgency of the situation prompted United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to visit the site and call for timely aid distribution. He emphasized, “We absolutely need to have these trucks moving as quickly as possible and as many as necessary, but for that, there must be a sustained effort.”