“OYesterday, Thursday, seven trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered the north of the Gaza Strip through a security ditch door,” reported COGAT, the Israeli military body that manages civil and administrative matters in the occupied territories.

Previously, the trucks underwent a “meticulous safety inspection” by Israeli authorities at the Kerem Shalom crossing, and contained aid from the World Food Program (WFP), he added.

Israeli authorities only allow regular entry of aid through two of the nine crossings into Gaza, in Kerem Shalom, and Rafha, along the border with Egypt, both in the south of the enclave.

This measure makes it difficult for aid to reach the north, where needs are most urgent.

A UN report released this week indicates that half of the population of Gaza (around 2.3 million) faces the risk of widespread famine, and when they are receiving half of the essential aid they guaranteed before the war.

International agencies have insisted on the need to open more land access, particularly in the north.

On March 12, Israel allowed, for the first time, the entry of a WFP humanitarian column, with food for 25,000 people, through gate 96 of the security moat and its circulation along a new military road used by the Army for its operations in the north. and center of the enclave.

Faced with Israel’s refusal to open new land routes, countries such as Jordan, France, Egypt and the United States sent food by air.

The European Union and the USA also announced a maritime corridor project from Cyprus — the first boat arrived in Gaza a week ago but the crossing took three days –, alternatives that have proven to be more ineffective compared to the alternative terrestrial.

According to COGAT, around 200 humanitarian aid trucks enter Rafah and Kerem Shalom every day, but they are still insufficient to meet the needs of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Army began a widespread offensive on the Gaza Strip following attacks by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on October 7, 2023 against Israeli military, police and civilian targets near the Palestinian enclave.

Hamas’ unprecedented military operation caused around 1,200 deaths and more than two hundred hostages, according to Israeli authorities.

Since then, Israel has been carrying out an offensive in the Gaza Strip that has caused around 32,000 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health controlled by Hamas.

The Israeli offensive has also destroyed most of Gaza’s infrastructure and close to two million people have been forced to leave their homes, almost all of the enclave’s 2.3 million inhabitants.

The population of the Gaza Strip is also facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis due to the collapse of hospitals, the outbreak of epidemics and shortages of drinking water, food, medicine and electricity.

Since October 7, more than 420 Palestinians have also been killed by the Israeli Army and by attacks by settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories occupied by the Jewish State, in addition to nearly 7,000 arrests and more than 3,000 injuries.

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