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Hunger in Gaza? 'Israel Provides Humanitarian Aid - But Hamas Terrorists Are Taking It Over'

Israel has recently provided data refuting accusations it was deliberately causing hunger in Gaza. According to official numbers, Israel has been providing humanitarian aid including food, water, shelter, and medicine through two border crossings, in amounts that exceed the delivery from humanitarian groups.

According to Israeli officials, distribution of the aid that is delivered either over land or in airdrops is hampered by an inability of human rights organizations working in the Strip, to organize orderly provisions in some areas due to the ongoing fighting.

They also point to Hamas terrorists taking over the aid to provide it to their fighters hiding in the underground tunnel network or to sell it to vendors at exorbitant prices. According to reports, the cost of a tomato in Gaza’s markets was as high as NIS 24 ($6.60).

The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said on Thursday, March 21, that since the start of the war, over 17,400 aid trucks provided humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip, including over 10,300 trucks carrying more than 218,000 tons of food.

For context, the daily average number of trucks carrying food to the Gaza Strip before the war was around 70, and since the beginning of March, the average has grown to over 125 — marking an 80% rise. However, a large portion of the aid is looted, mainly due to the Gazan crowds swarming the trucks. COGAT was attempting to enlist local Gazans who were not affiliated with Hamas to assist in the distribution of the aid. (YNet / VFI News)

“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” - Psalm 12:5