The international community witnessed a glimmer of hope as the first convoy of aid trucks entered Gaza on Saturday morning. This significant move was welcomed by the United Nations, emphasizing the dire need for humanitarian assistance in the region. The convoy, consisting of 20 trucks, carried essential supplies provided by the Egyptian Red Crescent and the United Nations. These supplies are set to be received by the Palestinian Red Crescent with the UN’s support.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, highlighted that this delivery was the result of intense negotiations and marks the beginning of a sustainable effort to provide essential supplies to Gaza’s residents. The supplies include food, water, medicine, and fuel. Griffiths stressed the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza and called for continued international support.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also expressed their support for the opening of the Rafah crossing. Cleverly emphasized the importance of ongoing humanitarian access to Gaza.
On the other hand, an IDF spokesperson acknowledged the challenges of urban warfare and the inevitability of civilian casualties. The IDF remains committed to its mission while aiming to minimize harm to civilians.
In related developments, Israel has advised its citizens to avoid traveling to Jordan and Egypt due to rising anti-Israel sentiments. Meanwhile, the Hamas-controlled Government Media Office reported that the aid convoy primarily carried medical supplies.
The Rafah crossing’s brief opening was a cause for celebration on the Egyptian side, with aid workers expressing their joy. The crossing was closed shortly after the 20 trucks made their way into Gaza. Further aid deliveries are expected in the coming days.