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Mon 26 Feb 2024 2:53 pm - Jerusalem Time

With the expiration of ICJ deadline, Israel claims to bring aid into the Gaza Strip

The Hebrew Broadcasting Corporation claimed that Israel began, on Monday, an initial experiment in transporting humanitarian aid from Israel directly to Gaza City.


In addition, local Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported that there was no change in the amount of aid reaching the city, while no aid reached the northern governorate of the Gaza Strip.


The authority stated, “Today, Monday, Israeli security officials began a preliminary experiment to transfer humanitarian aid from Israel directly to the northern Gaza Strip,” referring to the areas north of the Gaza Valley (Gaza City and the North Governorate).


It continued: "This is the first time that aid has arrived through the northern Gaza Strip, and this step came after American pressure against the backdrop of the difficult conditions in the northern Gaza Strip, including a major shortage of food, water, and medicine."


Very limited amounts of aid have been arriving at separate intervals for about a month to Gaza City only via Al-Rashid Street on the seashore. The number does not exceed 10 trucks, according to local Palestinian sources and eyewitnesses who spoke to Anadolu.


The distribution of this aid is limited to some areas of Gaza City, and none of it reaches the northern governorate of the Strip due to its limited quantities, according to the same source.


The Israeli Broadcasting Authority indicated, “According to the planned program, trucks loaded with humanitarian aid will undergo a security check at the Kerem Shalom or Nitzana crossings (south of the Gaza Strip) and will depart through Israel to enter northern Gaza (referring to Gaza City and the North Governorate).”


According to the broadcasting authority, “Those who will transport humanitarian aid to displacement sites, especially in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood area (east of Gaza City), according to the plan, will be local agencies.”


It said: “In recent days, the Coordinator of Government Operations in the Palestinian Territories contacted local officials in the northern Gaza Strip, who expressed their agreement to assume responsibility for distributing humanitarian aid in the region, as an alternative to members of the Hamas movement, and to deliver supplies to the residents of the Strip in the northern regions,” without further information. 


No members of the Hamas movement or its government in Gaza are responsible for distributing aid to the Palestinians in the Strip. This task is carried out by international and international organizations and Arab relief institutions such as the Emirates Red Crescent, the Qatari Red Crescent, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and the Food Program,  and the Palestinian Red Crescent, according to local Palestinian sources.


According to the same sources, “no civilian party in the Gaza Strip has accepted” to deal with the Israeli army in managing civil affairs in some areas of Gaza City or supervising the distribution of aid, which enters in very limited quantities and does not cover any of the needs of the 700,000 Palestinians currently residing in Gaza City and the governorate. North of the sector.


In this context, the Broadcasting Corporation stated, “The American administration appealed to Israel to stop attacking Hamas policemen in the southern Gaza Strip, claiming that they are the only option for escorting humanitarian aid convoys.”


But it quoted an unnamed security source: “Israel will continue to attack every member of Hamas, even Hamas police officers who secure the trucks.”


It also quoted an unnamed American source as saying that the US administration and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during his recent visit, made it clear to Israel that additional access points for humanitarian aid must be opened, including to the northern Gaza Strip.


Aid was arriving in the southern Gaza Strip, with difficulty transporting it to the northern Gaza Strip due to Israeli checkpoints.


Hamas did not immediately comment on this report.

The new Israeli decision coincides with the expiration of the month-long deadline granted by the International Court of Justice to Israel to take measures to prevent acts of genocide against the Palestinians and improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, within the “genocide” case filed against it by South Africa.


On January 26, the International Court of Justice - the highest judicial body in the United Nations - ordered Tel Aviv to take measures to prevent genocide against Palestinians and improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, which has been besieged by Israel for 17 years.


The court - based in The Hague, Netherlands - also ordered Israel to submit a report within a month of the issuance of the initial decision in the case regarding the extent of its application of temporary measures.


Orders issued by the court that decides disputes between states are legally binding, but it has no means of enforcing its rulings.


On February 16, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that between January 1 and February 12, the Israeli authorities denied access to 51 percent of the missions planned by humanitarian partner organizations to deliver aid and conduct assessments to... Areas north of Wadi Gaza.


According to the United Nations, reports indicate increasing catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity throughout the Gaza Strip, as the number of reports of families struggling to feed their children increases, and the risk of deaths from hunger increases in the northern Strip.


The OCHA office explained that more than half of the aid shipments to northern Gaza were prevented from arriving last month, and that there is increasing interference from the Israeli army in how and where aid is delivered.


On November 17, UNRWA announced that the population in the northern Gaza Strip was “on the brink of famine and has no place to go” in light of the ongoing war.


Since last October 7, Israel has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving tens of thousands of civilian victims, most of them children and women, in addition to an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe and massive destruction of infrastructure, which led to Tel Aviv appearing before the International Court of Justice on charges of “genocide.” 

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With the expiration of ICJ deadline, Israel claims to bring aid into the Gaza Strip