The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that 33 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid entered the Gaza Strip Sunday through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
This marks the largest convoy to enter the region since humanitarian aid deliveries began on Oct. 21.
The report emphasized the urgent need for a much larger volume of regular aid to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation, particularly highlighting the emergency need for fuel to operate medical equipment, water and sanitation facilities.
The Israeli Occupation authorities prevented all fuel supplies, claiming that “Hamas will exploit them to make weapons and explosives.”
Calls have been increasing to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza who are facing continuous shelling by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in response to Operation Aqsa Typhoon launched by Al-Qassam Brigades on Oct. 7.
On Oct. 9, the IOF tightened its siege on Gaza, cutting off water, electricity and food supplies to the Strip, which had already been under a land, air and sea blockade since 2007.
OCHA stated that a total of 117 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid have entered Gaza since Oct. 21, with the majority (70 trucks) containing medical equipment, while 60 trucks carried food and food products, and another 13 trucks had water and health equipment.
Before the blockade, around 500 trucks loaded with aid and other goods used to enter Gaza daily.
Thousands of buildings have been destroyed in the densely populated area with a population of 2.4 million, with more than half displaced.
The UN stressed that Gaza needs at least 100 trucks daily to provide essentials for its residents.