“Sand Hamas [os capturar] or don’t let them pass (…) then everything will be over”, warned the North American head of state, during statements to journalists on board the presidential plane, which stopped in Germany after Biden’s visit to Israel.
Joe Biden made the announcement after a telephone conversation with Al-Sissi and assured that the Egyptian is “fully cooperative” and that he “deserves a lot of recognition” for his action.
Israel isolated the Gaza Strip, preventing all food, water, medicine and fuel from entering its 2.3 million inhabitants after the attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on October 7.
White House officials told the Associated Press (AP) that aid will follow in the coming days.
Previously, Israel had assured that it would allow Egypt to deliver limited amounts of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the first concession in a 10-day siege on the territory.
In a statement, the Israeli executive indicated that it “will not impede” the supply of food, water and medicine, as long as these goods do not reach the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
The UN responsible for humanitarian emergencies defended today that aid to Gaza, as soon as it can cross the Egyptian border, should be “substantial”, in the order of 100 trucks per day, and its security must be taken care of.
Martin Griffiths referred to “incredibly detailed negotiations with the parties” to define the rules for the entry and distribution of humanitarian aid, shortly after Israeli authorization to let in aid.
“We have to make sure that we can intervene on a large scale every day, in a conscious, repetitive and reliable way,” insisted Griffiths, explaining that the different UN staff in the Gaza Strip — including 14,000 UN workers of the UN for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) — will then try to distribute the aid.
Israel has been relentlessly bombing Gaza since Hamas’ bloody Oct. 7 surprise attack that killed 1,400 people in Israel, most of them civilians.
The Israeli response caused at least 3,478 deaths in the overpopulated Palestinian territory, most of them civilians, according to local authorities.
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