EExactly two-thirds of the 695 tons of food that were unloaded at the floating dock installed by the United States were sent or are in the process of being distributed to the Palestinian population, declared White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at a press conference.

The US President’s advisor, Joe Biden, explained that the problem is not transporting the food to land once it arrives at the dock, but rather being able to guarantee the necessary security measures for its distribution, a task that is mostly carried out by the agencies UN experts on the ground.

Also on Tuesday, the Pentagon had acknowledged at a press conference that aid had not yet reached the inhabitants of Gaza.

The United Nations agencies mainly responsible for distributing aid on the ground had suspended deliveries this week, following several altercations at the dock and until logistical and security difficulties for the personnel involved were resolved.

The US Department of Defense’s objective is to move around 500 tons per day through the temporary infrastructure, without any US worker having to set foot in the Gaza Strip, the scene of a war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

On October 7 last year, Israel declared a war in the Gaza Strip to “eradicate” Hamas after it, hours earlier, carried out an attack of unprecedented proportions on Israeli territory, killing more than 1,170 people, most of them civilians.

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) — in power in Gaza since 2007 and classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel — also took 252 hostages, 124 of whom remain in captivity and 37 have died in the meantime, according to the latest assessment of the Israeli Army.

The war, which today entered its 229th day and continues to threaten to spread throughout the entire Middle East region, has so far left more than 35,700 dead in the Gaza Strip, around 80,000 injured and 10,000 missing, presumably buried in the rubble. mostly civilians, according to updated figures from local authorities.

The conflict has also caused nearly two million people to be displaced, plunging the overpopulated and poor Palestinian enclave into a serious humanitarian crisis, with more than 1.1 million people in a “situation of catastrophic hunger” that is claiming victims – “the highest number ever recorded” by the UN in studies on food security in the world.

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