Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing opened today for the first time since October 7, when the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas began, for the passage of trucks carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. According to Reuters, a spokesman for the Israeli government, which approved the opening of the crossing this week, said this. The move should lead to an increase in the volume of aid supplies for the residents of the Gaza Strip, which many countries of the world, including its allies, are demanding from Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government approved the opening of the crossing in the southern tip of the Gaza Strip on Friday. According to her, the opening of the crossing should allow the passage of at least 200 trucks with humanitarian aid per day. Earlier this week, Israel allowed the inspection of trucks carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip at the Kerem Shalom crossing.
Until now, the only open crossing was Rafah, which connects the Gaza Strip with Egypt. It resumed operations about two weeks after the outbreak of the conflict and has been open for humanitarian aid ever since, with the exception of a few interruptions.
The amount of humanitarian aid being flown into the Gaza Strip dropped significantly after a week-long truce between Israel and the Hamas movement expired on December 1, according to the agencies. UN representatives repeatedly talk about the very bad humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territory, where Israel is fighting with Hamas. Calls for an increase in humanitarian aid are also heard from Israel’s allies, and this demand is also contained in a resolution that was approved by a large majority of countries in the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. 153 countries voted in favor, ten countries including the Czech Republic were against.