Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Israel bans aid trucks to Gaza through Rafah crossing

Israel has banned trucks with humanitarian aid from entering the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the WAFA news agency has reported, citing the Palestine Red Crescent Society.

“Israel has informed that it banned humanitarian aid trucks from entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing until further notice,” the PSCS announced.

Israel has ordered that the Palestinian side of the crossing be cleared of trucks as soon as possible.

According to the PSCS, the Israeli decision “exacerbates the suffering of citizens and aggravates the challenges faced by humanitarian organizations that are trying to alleviate the anguish of residents and displaced persons in light of the ongoing Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip”.

A total of 2,781 trucks carrying thousands of tons of international aid have crossed from Egypt into Gaza since October 21 through the Rafah crossing, according to an Egyptian official.

The aid comprises a substantial quantity of medical supplies and medications, amounting to 3,176 tons, according to Ayman Walash, director of Egypt’s foreign press center.

Additionally, the aid includes 13,348 tons of food; 10,359 tons of water; 3,203 tons of other relief materials; and 137 tons of tents, Walash said during a press briefing in Al-Arish, Egypt.

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