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Aid entering Gaza dropped by 67% since Israel’s assault on Rafah began, UN says

Thursday, May 30th, 2024 13:48 | By
A view of destruction in the area, revealed following the withdrawal of the Israeli army from Hamad Town in the southern Gaza Strip's Khan Yunis on May 21, 2024. PHOTO/Reuters
A view of destruction in the area, revealed following the withdrawal of the Israeli army from Hamad Town in the southern Gaza Strip's Khan Yunis on May 21, 2024. PHOTO/Reuters

Aid entering Gaza has dropped by 67% since May 7, the day after Israel began its assault on Rafah, according to a report by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“The amount of food and other aid entering Gaza, already insufficient to meet the soaring needs, has further shrunk since 7 May, with a daily average of 58 humanitarian aid trucks reaching Gaza between 7 and 28 May compared with a daily average of 176 aid trucks between 1 April and 6 May,” the OCHA report released on Wednesday reads.

Since Israel began its assault on the city on May 6 and seized control of the Gazan side of the crossing, aid has been blocked, with supplies piling up in Egypt. Israel and Egypt have blamed each other for the blockage.

Rafah had previously been the central artery for aid to flow into Gaza.

OCHA also that aid workers face significant impediments to working in Gaza, and the ability of its nutrition partners to provide services had been hampered “despite a continuous rise in detected malnutrition cases.”

“Insecurity and severe constraints, including on access to border areas and restrictions on the movement between southern and northern Gaza, continue to create a non-permissive and volatile operational environment for humanitarian workers, preventing them from delivering life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of people across Gaza."

OCHA also noted that no aid entered Gaza on May 27 and 28 through a US-built pier after a section had been damaged due to bad weather. 

Israel previously said it had taken steps to ramp up humanitarian aid to Gaza following US pressure. But UN officials have said progress is slow.

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