U.N. anticipates dozens more aid trucks to enter Gaza

October 23, 2023

United Nations’ World Food Program director Cindy McCain said Sunday that 40 more humanitarian aid trucks were expected to roll into Gaza on Monday.

That’s in addition to 17 aid trucks that crossed from Egypt into Gaza over the weekend.

“Starvation and the lack of food is a security issue. And so we just want to make sure that people can feed themselves and that, you know, we have the opportunity and the ability to give them a sustainable life as best we can,” McCain said to ABC News on Sunday.

She cautioned, however, “Remember, this is a war zone and things are very fluid.…We have to be able to get these trucks in safely and sustainably.”

On Sunday evening a senior Israeli official told CNN that while the Israeli government reluctantly agreed to the U.S. request to allow the aid trucks to enter Gaza, “that was not popular in Israel.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “complete seige” of Gaza, cutting off electricity, food, fuel and water in the territory, soon after Hamas’ massive surprise attack on Israel on October 7 that sparked the war between the two factions.

The same Israeli official who spoke to CNN said there would be “no ceasefire” in Gaza while Hamas continues to hold some 200 people hostage.

The official added that they were “not aware” of U.S. calls for a delay of Israel’s expected ground incursion inside Gaza—though the U.S. National Security Council on Friday said it had pressed Israeli to delay the operation “because of progress on the hostage front,” according to CNN sources.

PHOTO: Aid Trucks passing through Rafah crossing into Gaza Saturday, per PVA

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