The war between Hamas and Israel This Saturday, it experienced a moment of pause to make possible the entry of a first shipment of humanitarian aid to the strip of land where almost 2.4 million people live, the vast majority of them Palestinians. Total, 20 trucks have crossed the Rafah border crossing in a gesture that, from inside Gaza, is described as insufficient. The pass has also been closed again after the departure of this convoy. In a statement, the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, has urged the parties to keep this avenue open. “Hamas must not interfere in the provision of life-saving assistance. Palestinian civilian populations are not responsible for Hamas’ atrocious terrorism,” he stresses.
This first urgent aid is directed to hospitals, where those injured by Israel’s bombings are crowded. An Israeli security official has accused Hamas of using them as shelters. Of the 20 health facilities in northern Gaza, the area that Israel urged to empty, “six have already been evacuated, ten have not yet and four refuse,” he said. The Islamist militia demands the evacuation of the wounded, but outside the territory.
Meanwhile, in Egypt it has concluded without a common position a summit to try to contain the war between Hamas and Israel. “We will not leave, we will remain in our land,” the president of the Palestinian Authority – without effective power in Gaza -, Mahmoud Abbas, stated before the attendees. For his part, Pedro Sánchez has expressed solidarity with the suffering of the civilian population on both sides and has been in favor of the two-state solution.