US reiterates call for Israel to reopen Rafah Crossing for humanitarian aid

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

IDF troops and tanks on the Gazan side of the Rafah border crossing on May 7, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF troops and tanks on the Gazan side of the Rafah border crossing on May 7, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The US reiterates its call for Israel to allow for the Rafah Crossing to be reopened for the delivery of fuel and other humanitarian aid.

The White House said Israel had agreed to allow the Egypt-Gaza crossing to reopen earlier this week for fuel deliveries but those have not taken place yet, as the IDF is in the midst of an operation to take over the Palestinian side of the crossing. Israel has not put a timeline for when the crossing will reopen.

However, Israel reopened its nearby Kerem Shalom Crossing yesterday and continues sending in aid through its Erez Crossing into northern Gaza.

Israel has published footage of aid going through Kerem Shalom, but White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby says there have been “conflicting reports” as to whether that gate has actually been operational.

“We want to see all humanitarian assistance continue to go through Rafah and all other crossings as soon as possible,” Kirby says in a briefing with reporters.

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