GAZA BORDER: Ten more aid trucks entered the Gaza Strip on Friday, a spokesperson for the Gazan side of the Rafah crossing told the New York Times.
With this, a total of 84 trucks with food, medicine, and water have entered the enclave since Israel began allowing aid nearly a week ago, according to the newspaper. The head of the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) issued a warning on Friday, expressing concerns about the escalating issues of hunger and disease in Gaza.
Philippe Lazzarini said current aid levels were “nothing more than crumbs” and would make little difference for the more than 2 million people living in Gaza.
“Over the last week, I followed closely the focus about the number of trucks entering Gaza. Many of us saw in these trucks a glimmer of hope. This is, however, becoming a distraction,” Lazzarini said at a news conference in Jerusalem on Friday as reported by CNN.
“These show trucks are nothing more than crumbs that would not make a difference for the 2 million people (of Gaza),” he added. Lazzarini stressed that the recent focus on the number of trucks entering Gaza was becoming a distraction, as these deliveries were viewed as inadequate. “Food and water are running out. The streets of Gaza have started overflowing with sewage.”
He highlighted the growing threats of hunger and disease faced by the people of Gaza, with food and water running low and sewage overflowing in the streets, creating the risk of a significant health hazard. “Gaza is on the brink of a massive health hazard as the risks of diseases are looming,” he explained.
He criticised the insufficiency of aid efforts so far, saying that the current system in place was destined to fail and that meaningful, uninterrupted aid flow was necessary. (ANI)