The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have highlighted significant logistical challenges in delivering aid to Gaza, emphasizing the critical situation in the region amidst the ongoing conflict. IDF spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, in a recent video statement, underscored the IDF's commitment to aiding civilians, contrasting their efforts with the actions of Hamas.
"Our war is against Hamas, not against the people of Gaza," Hagari stated, reinforcing that the IDF is not a barrier to aid delivery but rather an active participant in attempting to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.
Hagari added, "We check more aid trucks than can enter Gaza.This statement comes as a response to global concerns about the worsening conditions in Gaza, particularly regarding food and healthcare.
There are logistical limitations and challenges posed by the ability of international organizations to distribute aid."
Escalating Conflict and Civilian Toll
The conflict's impact on civilians has been devastating. Reports from the World Health Organization, following visits to several hospitals in Gaza, reveal harrowing accounts from health workers and patients.
The escalating conflict has led to a significant health crisis, compounded by difficulties in delivering essential resources to displaced Gazans. In a stark reminder of the conflict's human cost, the Palestine Red Crescent Society reported dozens of casualties following Israeli strikes near Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis.
The Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in Gaza reported at least 20 deaths from these airstrikes. These incidents highlight the dire situation faced by civilians caught in the crossfire. Over the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, 195 people were killed, and 325 others injured, with over 21,000 Palestinians killed across Gaza since October 7.
However, due to restricted access and the ongoing conflict, these figures cannot be independently verified by outside sources like CNN.
Continued Military Focus
Despite the humanitarian crisis, the IDF maintains its focus on Hamas.
Hagari reiterated the IDF's stance: "Defeating Hamas is the only option," aligning with earlier statements by IDF chief Herzi Halevi about the ongoing military campaign. The IDF's efforts are concentrated in strategic areas of Gaza, with Halevi stating that the war "will continue for many more months”.