The Israeli Prime Minister's Office has announced that for the first time since October 7, humanitarian aid will be allowed to cross directly into Gaza from Israel. This move marks a notable change in the delivery of aid to the region, potentially easing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Easing the Flow of Humanitarian Aid
The Israeli cabinet has temporarily approved the unloading of aid trucks on the Gaza side of the 'Kerem Shalom' crossing, rather than redirecting them to the Rafah crossing on Egypt's border with Gaza.
This decision comes after days of inspection at Kerem Shalom, one of the two Israeli crossings used for aid delivery. Previously, trucks were inspected here but then sent back to Rafah, causing delays and logistical challenges.
The statement from the Prime Minister's Office highlighted the limitations of the Rafah crossing, which can only handle about 100 trucks per day. In contrast, the 'Kerem Shalom' crossing is equipped to manage a higher volume.
“The Rafah crossing is only able to pass 100 trucks a day during an Israeli security check that is already being carried out today at the 'Kerem Shalom' crossing,” the statement read.
International Cooperation and Future Plans
This development is part of an agreement between Israel and the United States, under which Israel committed to delivering food and humanitarian aid from Egypt to Gaza's civilian population.
The volume of aid is expected to be around 200 trucks per day. The statement clarified that only humanitarian aid from Egypt will be delivered in this manner. Furthermore, the US has pledged to finance the upgrading of the Rafah border crossing to facilitate smoother and more efficient transfer of aid, subject to Israeli security inspection.
“The US has pledged to finance the upgrading of the Rafah border crossing as quickly as possible so that humanitarian aid can only be transferred through it subject to an Israeli security inspection,” the statement added.