Jordan’s King Urges Israel to Increase Aid to Gaza, Says United Nations

Jordan’s King Abdullah stated on Thursday that more aid must be allowed into the Gaza Strip, where the humanitarian situation is worsening, according to officials and aid workers. The monarch urged the United Nations and international NGOs to put pressure on Israel to enable greater aid flow into the densely populated enclave, home to 2.3 million inhabitants. Israel had agreed to allow some aid into Gaza last week following a truce with Hamas to exchange hostages, which helped alleviate the siege imposed during the conflict. Gazans are in dire need of aid after enduring a brutal war that has rendered their land unlivable. The conflict began when Israel started bombing Gaza in response to a massacre in southern Israel by Hamas terrorists. UN officials stated that the reopening of the Kerem Shalom border crossing is vital, as it formerly handled over 60% of the truckloads entering Gaza daily. Currently, Israel only permits aid through the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border, which cannot handle more than 200 trucks a day. Trucks carrying aid through Rafah are subject to Israeli inspections at the Nitzana crossing, where only limited supplies of fuel are allowed. The aid effort has been curtailed due to Israel’s regulation of the type and amount of goods entering Gaza. The King also appealed to NGOs and UN officials to expedite delivery of aid to the northern part of Gaza, where over 700,000 people are located.