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The Israeli army declares a “tactical truce” to try to increase the flow of aid to Gaza

The Israeli army declares a “tactical truce” to try to increase the flow of aid to Gaza

Jerusalem – On Sunday, the Israeli army announced a “tactical pause” in its offensive in the southern Gaza Strip to allow the delivery of increasing amounts of humanitarian aid.

The army said that the truce will begin in the Rafah area at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT, 1 a.m. Eastern) and will remain in effect until 7 p.m. (1600 GMT, noon Eastern). She added that the suspensions will occur daily until further notice.

Admiral Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israeli army, said in this regard X The pauses do not mean the end of the military offensive. He added: “There is no cessation of fighting in the southern Gaza Strip, and the fighting in Rafah continues.”

This stop is intended to allow aid trucks to reach the nearby Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing, the main entry point for incoming aid, and travel safely to the Salah al-Din Highway, a main road linking north and south, to deliver supplies to other areas. The army said in parts of Gaza. She added that the ceasefire is taking place in coordination with the United Nations and international relief agencies.

The crossing has been suffering from congestion since Israeli ground forces penetrated Rafah in early May.

The Coordination Body of Government Activities in the Territories, the Israeli military body that oversees aid distribution in Gaza, said the road would increase the flow of aid to other parts of Gaza, including Khan Yunis, Al-Mawasi and central Gaza. The hard-hit northern Gaza area, which was an early target in the war, receives goods entering from a crossing in the north.

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The military said Sunday’s truce, which begins as Muslims in Gaza and elsewhere begin celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday, came after discussions with the United Nations and international relief agencies.

Following criticism over the move by ultra-nationalists in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, who oppose halting the war, the army said fighting had not paused in the rest of southern Gaza and there was no change regarding aid entry in general.

Aid agencies, including the United Nations, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Scott Anderson, director of Gaza affairs at the UN agency for Palestinians, told CNN he hoped the pause would “bring the aid the population desperately needs.”

The stop along the southern route comes as Israel and Hamas consider the latest ceasefire proposal, a plan that President Joe Biden has detailed in the administration’s most focused diplomatic push to stop the fighting and release detained hostages. By the armed group. While Biden described the proposal as Israeli, Israel did not fully accept it and Hamas demanded changes that seemed unacceptable to Israel.

The fighting continues unabated, and Israel announced on Sunday the names of 11 soldiers killed in the recent attacks in Gaza, including a soldier who died of wounds he sustained in an attack last week. This brings the number of soldiers killed since Israel began its ground invasion of Gaza last year to 308 soldiers.

Israeli authorities say that Hamas killed 1,200 people during its attack on October 7 and took 250 hostage. Health officials in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip say more than 37,000 Palestinians have been killed in the war.

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Israel’s eight-month military offensive against Hamas, sparked by the group’s October 7 attack, has plunged Gaza into a humanitarian crisis, with the United Nations reporting widespread hunger and hundreds of thousands of people on the brink of famine.

The international community has urged Israel to make more efforts to alleviate the crisis, he said Constant fightingThe situation in Gaza, including in Rafah, has complicated aid deliveries throughout the war.

From May 6 to June 6, the United Nations received an average of 68 aid trucks per day, according to figures from the United Nations Humanitarian Office, known as OCHA. This is down from 168 trucks per day in April and well below the 500 trucks per day that aid groups say is needed.

Aid flows have decreased in southern Gaza as humanitarian needs have increased. More than a million Palestinians, many of them already displaced, He fled Rafah after the invasionThey crowd into other parts of southern and central Gaza. Most now live in dilapidated camps that use trenches as latrines, and sewage runs through the streets.

The Office for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories says there are no restrictions on the entry of trucks. It says that more than 8,600 trucks of all types, whether aid or commercial, entered Gaza from all crossings in the period from May 2 to June 13, at a rate of 201 trucks per day. But much of this aid accumulated at the crossings and did not reach its final destination.

Shimon Friedman, spokesman for the Office for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories, said that the United Nations’ fault was the accumulation of its shipments at the Kerem Shalom crossing in Gaza. He said the agencies have “fundamental unresolved logistical problems,” especially a shortage of trucks.

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The United Nations denies such accusations. She says fighting between Israel and Hamas often makes it too dangerous for UN trucks inside Gaza to travel to Kerem Shalom, which is right next to Israel’s border.

It also says the pace of deliveries has slowed because the Israeli military must allow drivers to travel to the site, a system Israel says is designed for driver safety. Due to insecurity, aid trucks were in some cases looted by crowds while moving on Gaza roads.

The new arrangement aims to reduce the need to coordinate deliveries by providing a continuous 11-hour daily window for trucks to enter and exit the crossing.

It was not immediately clear whether the army would provide security to protect aid trucks as they moved on the highway.