COGAT says 31 trucks carrying food entered northern Gaza

A convoy of 31 trucks carrying food have entered the northern Gaza Strip, according to the military liaison to the Palestinians, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

COGAT says close to 50 trucks have traveled to the northern part of the enclave over the past three days, and adds that “there is no limit to the amount of humanitarian aid for the civilians in Gaza.”

Northern Gaza is seeing a spiraling humanitarian crisis, with aid agencies unable to get into the area because of the fighting, and the frenzied looting of the few trucks that try to enter.

Israel has denied fault for the low numbers of trucks entering the enclave and blamed humanitarian organizations operating inside Gaza, saying hundreds of trucks filled with aid sit idle on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom Crossing. The UN, in turn, said it can’t always reach the trucks at the crossing because it is at times too dangerous.

Trucks carrying aid into Gaza have intermittently been held up at Kerem Shalom by Israeli protesters demonstrating against sending humanitarian aid to the Strip while hostages remained in Hamas captivity.

Additionally, Israel has long accused Hamas of appropriating and stealing aid from an increasingly desperate civilian population.

The World Food Programme this week said its teams reported “unprecedented levels of desperation” in Gaza while the United Nations warned that 2.2 million people were on the brink of famine.

The war was sparked by the devastating October 7 attack by the Hamas terror group.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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