Israel to Allow the Transport of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza via Egypt

The international community witnessed another crucial development at the United Nations regarding the volatile situation in the Gaza Strip.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Israel to Allow the Transport of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza via Egypt
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The international community witnessed another crucial development at the United Nations regarding the volatile situation in the Gaza Strip. The United States, wielding its power as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, vetoed a resolution aimed at introducing a humanitarian pause in the hostilities.

Resolution Dynamics and International Stand

The proposal, put forth by Brazil, called for a humanitarian halt and a clear condemnation of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, for its attacks on Israel. The broader consensus within the council leaned towards the resolution, with 12 of the 15 member states voicing their support.

Interestingly, both Great Britain and Russia decided to remain neutral, abstaining from the vote. However, this decision does not mean aid is entirely barred from reaching Gaza. Israel has announced its terms of access for humanitarian assistance.

The Israeli government, despite denying aid access through its territory, has greenlit the transport of aid via its neighboring country, Egypt. The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified their stance: "Israel will not prevent humanitarian assistance from Egypt as long as it is only food, water, and medicine for the civilian population located in the southern Gaza Strip or evacuating to there, and as long as these supplies do not reach Hamas." This move by Israel stems from an earlier incident in which hostages were taken by Hamas.

Netanyahu's office made it clear that the resumption of aid via Israel would only be considered once these hostages are freed and given access to the Red Cross.

A Glimmer of Hope Amid Despair

As the conflict rages on, the human cost continues to climb.

A recent rocket attack on a Gaza hospital has escalated tensions. The strike, which led to the tragic loss of hundreds of Palestinian lives, has both sides pointing fingers. While the Palestinian victims squarely blame Israel, the latter asserts that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is the real perpetrator, a claim they vehemently deny.

Yet, amidst the despair, there's a glimmer of hope. A senior Hamas official, albeit anonymously, informed NBC News of their readiness to release the hostages in exchange for an end to the bombings. Adding to the intensity of the situation is the visit of the US President to Israel.

Meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Biden conveyed his sentiments, hinting at his belief that "the other side is to blame" for the hospital attack.

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