‘Completely and utterly unacceptable behavior’: US slams right-wing activists blocking Gaza aid trucks

Right-wing activists look at damaged trucks that were carrying humanitarian aid supplies on the Israeli side of the Tarqumiyah crossing with the West Bank on May 13, 2024, after they were vandalized by other activists to protest against aid being sent to Gaza while Israeli hostages are being held there by terror groups. (Oren Ziv/AFP)
Right-wing activists look at damaged trucks that were carrying humanitarian aid supplies on the Israeli side of the Tarqumiyah crossing with the West Bank on May 13, 2024, after they were vandalized by other activists to protest against aid being sent to Gaza while Israeli hostages are being held there by terror groups. (Oren Ziv/AFP)

Washington has raised with Israel an incident of protesters blocking aid trucks headed for Gaza, US State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel says, adding that humanitarian assistance into the enclave should not be impeded.

The Tzav 9 activist group, which seeks to end transfers of humanitarian supplies into Gaza as long as Israelis are held hostage there, blocked a shipment as it traversed the Turkumiya checkpoint between the southern West Bank and Israel earlier today.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan also comments on the incident, saying, “It is a total outrage that there are people who are attacking and looting these conveys. It is completely and utterly unacceptable behavior.”

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