ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 147

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Over 100 aid trucks enter Gaza Strip, highest total since war started

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

One hundred and two trucks of humanitarian aid entered Gaza today through Egypt’s Rafah crossing, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

This is the first time that over 100 trucks entered Gaza in a single day since Rafah was opened on October 21, meeting the initial benchmark set by the US for how many trucks it wants to see enter the Strip each day.

Today’s number is also a 47-truck jump from yesterday’s figure and brings the total number of trucks that have entered Gaza since October 21 to 374, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The aid agency says the aid included food, water, relief supplies, medicine, and medical equipment but did not include fuel.

Israel has blocked fuel from entering Gaza, maintaining that Hamas will try and divert it in order to power its tunnels and other military infrastructure.

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi indicated earlier today that Israel would allow fuel into Gaza if hospitals run out, but the Prime Minister’s Office subsequently released a statement stressing that Benjamin Netanyahu has not approved any such transfer.

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