The border crossing between Egypt and Gaza opened on Saturday to allow the desperately needed aid into the enclaves Palestine for the first time since Israel had sealed it off following Hamas’s deadly attack two weeks ago.
Just 20 trucks were allowed in, an amount aid workers said it was insufficient to address the unprecedented humanitarian crisis. More than 200 trucks carrying around 3,000 tons of aid have been waiting at the border for days.
Gaza’s 2.3 million Palestinians, half of whom have fled their homes, rationing for food and drinking dirty water. Hospitals say that they are low on medical supplies and fuel for emergency generators amid a territory-wide power blackout. Five hospitals in the region have stopped working due to fuel shortage and bombing damage, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said.
Israel is still firing range of airstrikes as Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel.
The opening of border came after a more than a week of high-level diplomacy, including visits to the region by U.S. President Joe Biden and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.