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Israel is defending its handling of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza despite international criticism

Israel defended today the steps he has taken to allow the distribution of aid to the Gaza Strip, in the face of fierce and repeated criticism centered on his manner humanitarian crisis managementcaused by his military operations in the Palestinian enclave.

“We are trying to increase humanitarian aid and more than 60,000 tons of aid entered through Rafah,” a crossing point with Egypt, Eland Goren, head of Cogat, the Israeli Defense Ministry agency that oversees political activities in the Palestinian territories, told reporters. Territories. Israel “will not be a problem” in the entry of aid “which is a matter of logistics” depending on the UN, he added, recommending the water supply network that Israel repaired or repaired with its contribution and the installation of warehouses in Rafah to store the aid, as reported by APE-MPE.

He also recalled the permission given by Israel during the night for the entry of a “minimum amount of fuel”, which was deemed “necessary to avoid a humanitarian collapse”. After the unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7 by Hamas, with about 1,200 dead, most of them civilians, Israel imposes a “total siege” and pound the Gaza Strip, turning vast areas into rubble.

Israeli military operations have claimed the lives of at least 17,000 people, mostly women and children, according to the latest tally from the health ministry of Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007. Food, water, fuel and medicine are trickling into the area, while some 1.8 million people , i.e. 80% of the population, were forced to leave their homes since the start of hostilities. A part of these displaced people fled to escape the fierce fighting from the north to the south, which has also turned into a battlefield.

The Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem estimates that the ongoing crisis is not only a “collateral consequence of the war, but the result directly sought by the policy implemented by Israel”, with aim “to put pressure on Hamas”. “Closing crossing points and allowing (to enter) only a minimal amount of aid, which is in no way sufficient for the needs of civilians, is tantamount to deliberately starving the population,” which is prohibited by international law, underlines the non-governmental organization.

Source: News Beast

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