Israeli official: Push underway to ramp up aid into Gaza amid famine warnings

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Displaced Palestinian children gather to receive food at a government school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 19, 2024 (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
Displaced Palestinian children gather to receive food at a government school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 19, 2024 (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

Israel is making a push to ramp up humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip amid warnings of an impending famine there, an Israeli official tells The Times of Israel.

The Jordanians are especially expected to become more active, beyond the daily airdrops they have been carrying out during Ramadan.

Israel is looking into opening new crossings into Gaza, including in the northern part of the Strip, and is continuing to explore “creative solutions” to the problem of distributing aid in the war zone.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is looking into appointing an official to oversee the entire humanitarian efforts according to the official, amid frustrations with the way it is being managed thus far.

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