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'252,000 tons of food and 3.3 million cubic meters of water' have entered Gaza since Oct 7

Israeli government responds to High Court with new data; more food trucks entering Gaza than before the war began

Trucks with humanitarian aid arrive at the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, December 18, 2023. (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

The State of Israel has facilitated the entry of more than 252,000 tons of food and 3.3 million cubic meters (871.8 million gallons) of water into the Gaza Strip since the war began on Oct. 7, according to freshly released statistics.

The Israeli government provided the new data in response to an appeal to Israel's High Court in Jerusalem that accused Israel of undermining deliveries of humanitarian aid into Gaza.

"That Israel's failure to take immediate and effective steps to increase aid to all residents of the Gaza Strip constitutes a blatant violation of its obligations under international and Israeli law, both as a combatant and as an occupying power, and of the interim ruling issued by the International Court of Justice," the appeal claimed.

The data presented, however, highlights a significant increase in the volume of humanitarian aid entering Gaza since Oct. 7. Moreover, it was stated that the number of food trucks entering the Gaza Strip has surpassed the number of trucks before the outbreak of war.

In its detailed response, Israel reported that from Oct. 7 until March 28, almost 12,000 aid trucks containing 252,585 tons of food entered the Strip, including the facilitation of 401 cooking gas tanks. In addition, Israel enabled the delivery of roughly 20 tons of medical equipment, including two million vaccine doses against various diseases and 105 new ambulances, donated by various nations.

Aid packages for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip dropped from international airplanes in northern Gaza, as it seen from the Israeli side of the border, March 11, 2024. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Regarding water supply, statistics showed that the pipelines to Gaza have provided over 3.3 million cubic meters of water and that up until March 28, Israel allowed the entry of 28,100 tons of water on aid trucks via various border crossings.

The state reported that before the war began, Gaza received half of its electricity from Israel. Since Oct. 7, the terrorist groups in Gaza have launched missiles that were responsible for damaging nine out of 10 high-voltage lines, severely disrupting the electricity supply.

Israel has accused the United Nations of failing to effectively manage the distribution of humanitarian aid to the embattled coastal enclave.

After responding to the court appeal, the Israeli government wrote: "For these reasons, the request for the appeal should be postponed."

The newly released statistics were presented just one day after U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his outrage over the Israeli airstrike that mistakenly hit a humanitarian aid convoy in Gaza and killed 7 aid workers on Monday evening.

“I will continue to press Israel to do more to facilitate that aid," Biden said.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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