UN Facilitates New Aid Route to Gaza Amid Famine Threat: Israeli Military Allows Food Delivery

UN enables crucial food delivery to Gaza's north via new land route. Israeli military confirms passage, aims to prevent aid misuse. UN warns of looming famine.
Gaza | GAZA
Gaza | GAZA

A recent development has seen the UN facilitating a new land route to deliver crucial food supplies to northern Gaza after a hiatus of three weeks.

The Israeli military confirmed the passage of six lorries from the World Food Programme through a gate in the Gaza border fence, marking a significant effort to ensure aid reaches those in need while preventing its misuse by Hamas, according to military sources.

This move comes amidst mounting international pressure on Israel to increase access to aid in Palestinian territories, particularly as the region faces the looming threat of famine exacerbated by ongoing hostilities with Hamas.

In a parallel effort to alleviate the crisis, a charity-initiated vessel carrying 200 tonnes of food aid departed from Cyprus on Tuesday, initiating a new maritime corridor aimed at reaching Gaza's shores by Thursday.

While maritime transport is a positive step, it's widely acknowledged that land routes remain the most efficient means of delivering urgent supplies to Gaza.

The UN reported that the WFP convoy utilized an Israeli military road along the Gaza border to efficiently distribute enough food to sustain 25,000 individuals in Gaza City's northern region.

Israeli security protocols involved a thorough inspection of the aid convoy at the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza, ensuring the safe passage of humanitarian supplies.

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UN agencies warn of a dire situation in Gaza, with approximately 576,000 individuals, a quarter of the population, teetering on the brink of famine. Of particular concern are the 300,000 people isolated in the northern territory, inaccessible to aid due to Israeli restrictions, ongoing hostilities, and a breakdown of law and order.

Tragically, Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry reported the loss of at least 27 lives, primarily children, due to malnutrition and dehydration, underscoring the urgent need for sustained aid efforts.

Israel maintains that there are no restrictions on aid delivery into Gaza and places responsibility on UN agencies for ineffective distribution, as the humanitarian crisis deepens.

In the backdrop of this crisis, mediators from Qatar and Egypt continue to push for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas, which erupted on October 7th, claimed the lives of about 1,200 individuals and resulted in the capture of 253 hostages. Since then, over 31,100 people have lost their lives in Gaza, as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry.


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