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Biden reportedly told PM he was failing to uphold Gaza aid commitments due to Kerem Shalom protests

Police prevent activists from blocking trucks carrying humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip at the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza, in southern Israel, January 29, 2024. (AP/ Tsafrir Abayov)
Police prevent activists from blocking trucks carrying humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip at the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza, in southern Israel, January 29, 2024. (AP/ Tsafrir Abayov)

US President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their phone call yesterday that the premier was failing to uphold commitments he made to scale up humanitarian aid for Gaza, Channel 13 reports.

The comments follow weeks of protests at the Kerem Shalom border crossing that have succeeded in blocking hundreds of trucks from passing in order to provide aid to Gazans. The largely right-wing protesters claim the aid is being diverted by Hamas and should not be allowed in as long as the hostages remain in Gaza.

Netanyahu has insisted that Israel must supply the minimum amount of aid necessary in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis, which would force the IDF to halt its operations in Gaza. However, authorities have yet to put a complete end to the protests.

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