Humanitarian aid arrives in conflict-torn Gaza as truce holds

Humanitarian aid arrives in conflict-torn Gaza as truce holds
Trucks loaded with humanitarian aid passed into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing on Friday. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: Hours after a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants came into effect, the first convoys of humanitarian aid have arrived in Gaza.

Thousands of Palestinians returned home to devastating scene with officials saying reconstruction might take years.

The World Health Organization (WHO) urged for the creation of corridors for injured people to be evacuated.

More than 250 people were killed in the 11-day conflict, most of them were Palestinians. Both Israel and Hamas claimed victory in the conflict.

Residents celebrated the truce in southern Israel, but many expressed concern that another conflict in the region was just a matter of time.

Trucks from various aid agencies, including those affiliated with the UN, started bringing much-needed humanitarian aid like medicine, fuel and food into Gaza, after Israel reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing.

More than 100,000 people had to flee their homes in the territory, which is controlled by Hamas, and the UN children’s agency Unicef said nearly 800,000 people did not have access to piped water,

Palestinian officials say tens of millions of dollars will be needed to rebuild the already impoverished enclave that is also suffering with coronavirus.

WHO spokesman Margaret Harris called for immediate access for health supplies and personnel, saying the territory’s health facilities risked being overwhelmed by thousands of injuries.

Gaza has been subjected to Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on the passage of people and goods for years, with both countries citing concerns about weapons reaching Hamas.

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