February 24, 2024

Jordan’s King Abdullah on Thursday urged UN aid officials and international NGOs to pressure Israel to allow more aid flow into Gaza. The humanitarian situation inside the densely populated enclave, home to 2.3 million people, is worsening. One delegate, remaining anonymous, confirmed the situation and stated the monarch called for action from the international aid community. One step Israel has agreed to is easing a siege imposed during the fighting between Israel and Hamas to trade hostages. Israel started bombing Gaza in response to a massacre in southern Israel by Hamas terrorists. Health authorities report more than 15,000 people have been killed, about 40% of them children. Reconstruction and recovery efforts are hampered by Israel’s control of the amounts and type of goods entering Gaza. King Abdullah also called for accelerated delivery of aid to the northern part of Gaza, where over 700,000 people remain. UN aid chief Martin Griffiths and senior UNRWA officials emphasized the importance of Israel reopening the Kerem Shalom border crossing which handled more than 60% of the truckloads going into Gaza before the war. Israel currently allows aid only through the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border which has bottlenecks and capacity limitations. UNRWA spokesperson Juliette Touma stated that Gaza used to receive 500 trucks full of aid everyday before the war started on October 7th.