Aid to Gaza has increased dramatically, White House’s Kirby says

Trucks enter the northern Gaza Strip via a new land crossing, April 11, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Trucks enter the northern Gaza Strip via a new land crossing, April 11, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

Humanitarian aid getting into the Gaza Strip has increased by a large amount in the last few days, White House national security spokesman John Kirby says, adding the United States needs to see that aid sustained.

“The aid has increased and quite dramatically in just the last few days,” Kirby said in an interview with MSNBC. “That’s important but it has to be sustained.”

More than 2,000 trucks have been able to get in, about 100 in the last 24 hours alone, Kirby says.

Israel has ramped up efforts to deliver aid to the territory in light of growing international warnings of a humanitarian crisis and potential famine, including opening a new land crossing into the enclave’s north.

It has recently taken steps it says are aimed at facilitating the transfer of far more food and other necessities into the territory, with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant saying the plan is to “flood Gaza with aid.”

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