“O“Israeli soldiers fired at a humanitarian aid convoy as it returned from northern Gaza, using a route designated by the Israeli army,” said UNRWA director in Gaza, Thomas White, on social media.
According to White, the leader of the international caravan and the team were not injured, but one vehicle was damaged.
“Humanitarian workers should never be a target,” he added, quoted by the French agency AFP.
A UNRWA source told AFP that the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon.
Questioned by the French news agency, the Israeli army said it was verifying the information.
The head of UN humanitarian operations, Martin Griffiths, also harshly criticized the conditions under which aid is being delivered to Gaza.
“Convoys are targets of fire. Delays at crossing points,” he wrote on social media.
Griffiths condemned the fact that aid workers were “themselves being displaced and killed”.
He also reported that the traumatized and exhausted population was crowded into an “increasingly smaller piece of land”.
“Three levels of inspections before trucks can enter. Confusion and long queues. An increasingly long list of rejected products”, he lamented.
Griffiths stated that “the situation is impossible for the people of Gaza and those who help them”.
The Gaza Strip has been under intense attack from Israel since October 7, when the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israeli soil.
The attack caused 1,200 deaths and Hamas commandos took more than two hundred hostages, some of whom were subsequently exchanged for Palestinians detained in Israel, according to authorities.
The offensive against Gaza caused more than 21,000 deaths, according to figures released by the health structures of Hamas, which has controlled the small Palestinian enclave since 2007.
In addition to the fatalities and thousands of injuries, the constant bombings caused a high level of destruction in the territory of 2.3 million inhabitants, the majority of whom were forced to move south of Gaza.
Little humanitarian aid has entered Gaza through the Rafah border with Egypt, the only crossing that is not controlled by Israel, but subject to agreements with the Israeli authorities.
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