US envoy says Israel has taken ‘significant steps’ to relieve humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but risk of famine remains

Israel has taken significant steps in recent weeks on allowing aid into Gaza, the US special regional envoy for humanitarian issues says, but cautions that considerable work still needs to be done as the risk of famine in the enclave is “very high.”

David Satterfield declines to say whether Washington was satisfied by Israel’s moves, weeks after US President Joe Biden demanded action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, saying conditions could be placed on US support for close ally Israel if it did not act.

“Israel has taken significant steps in these last two and a half weeks,” Satterfield tells reporters. “There is still considerable work to be done. But progress has been made.”

He says the risk of famine throughout war-devastated Gaza, especially in the north, is “very high,” calling for more to be done to get aid to those in need.

In the most recent update shared on April 21 by COGAT, the Defense Ministry body said 357 aid trucks had been transferred to Gaza in a single day, in addition to 92 trucks that reached the northern part of the enclave the night before.

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