The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) urgently calls on the Government of Israel to enable humanitarian supplies and its staff timely access to Gaza, in accordance with its obligations under international law.The Agency has not received approval for critical access to Gaza for essential humanitarian supplies meant to provide relief to the distressed population, including particularly vulnerable persons such as pregnant women, children, persons with disabilities and serious medical conditions, and the elderly, despite immense needs following nine days of conflict. Approval has also not been received for its highest official to assess and support UNRWA emergency operations.“UNRWA is urgently awaiting approval through established mechanisms to cross into Gaza,” said UNRWA Director of Strategic Communications, Tamara Alrifai.
Here is what actually happened yesterday:
Israel today coordinated a complex operation to transfer humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza. The transfer was hindered by repeated Hamas mortar fire launched at the crossing, in which civilians were killed and injured, and an IDF soldier was woundedThe timeline of events:This morning, the Keren Shalom crossing was set to open to allow for the transfer of humanitarian aid, and the exit of foreign nationals.There were 40 trucks loaded with food, medical equipment and humanitarian aid on their way to the crossing from Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv, donated by OCHA, UNICEF, the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders.Close to 11AM, Hamas fired mortars at the crossing, preventing the transfer of humanitarian aid. At 13:30, there was another attempt to allow the convoy to go through. While 8 trucks managed to enter, there was another mortar attack in which an IDF soldier was injured.At 14:45, a third round of mortars was fired at the crossing, killing two Thai workers and injuring another 10 people.Israel remains committed to ensuring the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Fatah (the supposedly "moderate" rival of Hamas) has been bragging on its website about how many mortars it has shot towards Kerem Shalom, which they call Karm Abu Salem. It lists 15 separate attacks of some 30 mortars and missiles.
But UNRWA does not call on Palestinian terrorists to stop attacking the crossing, only some generic