Saudi Aid Trucks Reach Gaza Amidst Ongoing Conflict

Saudi Aid Trucks Reach Gaza Amidst Ongoing Conflict
Saudi Aid Trucks Reach Gaza Amidst Ongoing Conflict

Trucks at Jeddah port in Saudi Arabia transport aid presented by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, before shipping them by sea to Al-Arish in Egypt on their way to the Gaza Strip.

More than 100 aid trucks managed to reach the Gaza Strip morning after an agreement to reroute aid through the Kerem Shalom border crossing, but supplies have not been distributed amid an ongoing Israeli assault, sources said.

Deliveries are badly needed as little aid has reached southern Gaza since May 6, when Israel took control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing, about 3.5 km from Kerem Shalom and the main entry point into Gaza for humanitarian and commercial supplies.

The latest arrivals would be the biggest aid delivery into southern Gaza by far since the launch of Israel’s attacks in Rafah, with most days seeing no trucks crossing the border.

Israeli forces began a ground offensive in the east of Rafah over three weeks ago. An Israeli airstrike triggered a fire that killed 45 people.

Officials said in a tent camp in Rafah, prompting an outcry from global leaders. Egyptian security sources said 123 aid trucks had crossed the border and delivered goods to the UN.

An Israeli source confirmed that aid had been brought into Gaza and delivered to partners.

An Egyptian aid source said four fuel trucks had also crossed the border.

However, UN and Palestinian officials said Palestinian trucks that went to pick up the aid at the crossing returned empty.

“Trucks moved through, but it was not possible to collect them due to the rocket attacks and the IAF (air force) strikes,” said a UN official in Gaza, adding that the supplies belonged to the UN’s Palestinian aid agency UNRWA and the World Food Programme.