Israel says Hamas is blocking entry of humanitarian aid into the northern part of Gaza

Tal Schneider is a Political Correspondent at The Times of Israel

Israel says that the Hamas terror group is blocking the entry of aid into the northern Gaza Strip, posting an image of what it says is a checkpoint set up by the terror group.

“This is what happened about an hour ago on the road leading to the northern Gaza Strip,” the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) writes in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“A Hamas checkpoint blocked the trucks delivering humanitarian aid to the residents of northern Gaza,” COGAT says.

“To Hamas, residents of Gaza are their last priority,” COGAT says.

Earlier, COGAT announced that 200 trucks of aid had entered the Strip, with some destined for the northern part of the enclave.

The aid — including food, water, and medical supplies — is entering the Strip as part of the temporary truce between Israel and the Hamas terror group, mediated by Egypt and Qatar.

As part of the agreement, some 50 children and women held hostage in Gaza are being released over a four-day period, with three Palestinian prisoners released for every Israeli set free.

Last night, the release of the second group of hostages was delayed amid claims by Hamas’s military wing it was delaying the release until Israel “adheres to the terms of the agreement related to the entry of aid trucks into the northern Gaza Strip and due to failure to adhere to the agreed-upon standards for releasing prisoners.”

However, Israel had allowed 200 trucks into the Strip earlier that day, as required by the deal, and Israel’s COGAT military liaison to the Palestinians announced earlier that at least 50 of those trucks reached northern Gaza, a claim confirmed by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

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