Fourth humanitarian aid convoy enters Gaza through Rafah

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Oct 2023

A fourth convoy of humanitarian aid entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing from Egypt late Tuesday.

File Photo: A man unloads humanitarian aid on a convoy of lorries entering the Gaza Strip from Egypt via the Rafah border crossing on October 21, 2023. AFP


Although the convoy comprised 20 trucks, the Palestinian Red Cross said only eight entered the strip.

The trucks included five trucks of water, two trucks of food, and a truck of medicine.

This brings the total number of truckloads of aid that have entered Gaza since Saturday to 62.

The number falls far short of the 100 required per day to meet the needs of Gaza residents, according to an estimate last week from UN relief chief Martin Griffiths.

The aid aims to alleviate the suffering of 2.3 million civilians in Gaza, who have been under Israeli blockade following Hamas’ attack on Israeli cities on 7 October.

Israel has been bombarding the strip since, killing more than 5,700 people most of whom are women and children, and injuring more than 16,200, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza on Tuesday.

The Israeli bombardment has also displaced around 1.5 million people internally, according to Palestinian Minister of Health Mai Al-Kailah on Monday.

Al-Kailah said that 10 out of 35 hospitals in the strip have been knocked out of service due to Israeli strikes and lack of fuel.

The United Nations said on Monday that fuel has not been included in the first three convoys, warning that fuel reserves required to operate a water desalination plant, bakeries and hospitals, will run out within the next two days.

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