Gazans’ relief food is rotting

Last Updated on May 26, 2024 6:25 am

Gaza has become a city of death due to continuous attacks by Israel. Everything has been destroyed by the constant bombardment of the army. There is an extreme humanitarian crisis. Running out of food and water.

Residents are starving due to extreme food shortage. In the meantime, as the Rafah crossing is closed, even the relief food is not reaching the doorsteps of the hungry people. Some of the food waiting to enter Gaza from Egypt began to rot before it reached them.

As reported by Reuters on Saturday, the movement of trucks to deliver relief has been stopped since Israel’s attack on Rafah escalated. Several food delivery trucks have been stuck in it for more than two months. Gaza relief food is rotting there.

Before Israeli forces took control of the Rafah crossing on May 6, it was the main entry point for humanitarian aid to Gaza as well as some commercial supplies.

Aid supplies to Gaza have become difficult since troops seized the crossing. A truck driver named Mahmud Hussain said that his vehicle has been loaded with goods for a month. It is slowly getting destroyed in the sun. Some food items are also thrown away. He said that some food is being sold cheaply.

Hussain also said that many things were rotten, including apples, eggs, bananas, chicken and cheese. Some items have been returned. Aid flows to Gaza through Rafah began two weeks after fighting between Israel and the Palestinian armed group Hamas began on October 7. But since Israel intensified its offensive in Rafah, food supplies have become increasingly difficult.

Egyptian officials said Friday that humanitarian operations are at risk of military activity. For this, Israel must return the crossing to the Palestinians.

Egypt and the US will send aid through the Kerem Shalom crossing near Israel until Rafah is reopened, the Egyptian presidency said. It is located about 45 kilometers (28 mi) west of Rafah between the Egyptian crossing and the town of al-Arish.

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