UN says all aid ‘accounted for’ after Gaza convoy briefly seized by Hamas

Workers unload a truck in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip of humanitarian aid delivered from Jordan to the coastal territory through the Erez border crossing with Israel, on May 1, 2024. (Jack Guez/AFP)
Workers unload a truck in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip of humanitarian aid delivered from Jordan to the coastal territory through the Erez border crossing with Israel, on May 1, 2024. (Jack Guez/AFP)

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations reports that a UN convoy carrying humanitarian aid from Jordan to Gaza had “a limited amount of goods” vandalized by Israeli civilians when it went through the West Bank. The UN also acknowledged the aid was “rerouted by armed men” when it entered Gaza to the wrong UN facility, but unlike the US did not explicitly say it was seized by Hamas.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq tells reporters “there was a miscommunication” with the convoy Wednesday and the trucks were ultimately directed to the UN World Food Program warehouse in Beit Hanoun.

Referring to Hamas, he says the UN has clarified the misunderstanding with “the de facto authorities in Gaza to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.” They reiterated their commitment to respect the delivery of humanitarian aid, he says, without naming the Gaza-ruling terror group.

“All of the goods have been subsequently accounted for and are being distributed by the UN,” Haq says.

The UN humanitarian office reported that the convoy started in Jordan and entered Gaza “via back-to-back transfer at Erez crossing, following inspection by Israeli authorities only at Allenby Bridge,” he said.

The bridge links Jordan to the West Bank, and Haq says “Going through the West Bank, Israeli civilians offloaded and vandalized a limited amount of goods from the convoy,” which included food parcels, sugar, rice, supplementary food for those malnourished and milk powder.

The UN doesn’t think the incident should impact further aid deliveries from Jordan, Haq says.

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