UN puts Gaza humanitarian aid need at least 100 trucks each day
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, announced on CNN Europe that the Gaza Strip needs a huge amount of humanitarian aid, which he estimated at 100 trucks per day, calling for its security to be guaranteed.
Griffiths announced the start of a huge number of trucks, and it should reach one hundred trucks per day, several hours after the announcement of allowing aid to enter the Gaza Strip, which is subject to a tight siege.
Griffiths stressed that "the guarantee of large-scale intervention must be obtained every day in a determined, repeated and reliable manner", stressing the presence of United Nations employees in the Gaza Strip, including 14,000 UNRWA employees, to distribute aid.
He noted the necessity of reaching people in complete safety, recalling that international humanitarian law requires humanitarian organizations to distribute aid in locations where people consider themselves safe.
Griffiths expressed that these two matters need clarification and confirmation, and I hope that this will happen in the coming days so that we can launch this basic aid program.
The sources indicated that hundreds of trucks carrying thousands of tons of humanitarian and medical aid to Gaza are still waiting in front of the Rafah crossing from the Egyptian side to be allowed to enter the Strip, while the United Nations stressed that the aid will go only to civilians and will not reach the Hamas movement.
Due to the strict siege imposed by Israel following the infiltration of Hamas fighters on October 7 into a number of Israeli towns, the residents of the Gaza Strip are in dire need of water and food, and are deprived of electricity and fuel as well.
The war has since killed more than 1,400 people in Israel and 3,478 people in the Gaza Strip, most of them civilians from both sides.
Mr. Wennesland, Coordinator of the Middle East Peace Process, stressed that the only way to stop the bloodshed and prevent its recurrence is to pave the way towards a long-term political solution, in line with United Nations resolutions, international law and previous agreements.
Meanwhile, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, expressed his horror and despair at the explosion that occurred at the National Baptist Hospital in northern Gaza.
The emergency relief coordinator offered his sincere condolences to the bereaved families affected by this painful tragedy, wishing a speedy recovery to all those injured, adding that this tragedy is an embodiment of the devastating impact of this conflict on civilians, and its catastrophic consequences if it continues to escalate.
He reiterated that, under international humanitarian law, parties to armed conflict must protect civilians and civilian facilities, and take constant.