The Israeli authorities agreed to open the Kerem Shalom border crossing for humanitarian aid, Reuters reported, citing a senior US official. US President Joe Biden appealed for increased humanitarian aid, speaking by phone on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Trucks carrying humanitarian aid will be inspected at the Kerem Shalom crossing on the border with the Gaza Strip. Israel is currently checking trucks at the smaller Niccana crossing between Israel and Egyptbefore they are sent to Rafah.
Biden calls for more aid for civilians
The US president held telephone conversations with the Israeli prime minister on Thursday Benjamin Netanyahu and King Abdullah II of Jordan. In both cases, he stressed that more aid was needed for the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.
In a statement issued by the White House, we read that the president of the United States Joe Biden draws attention to “the critical need to protect civilians and separate them from Hamas militias, including through corridors that will allow people to safely get out of the war zone.”
The president also stressed the importance of a continuous and sustained flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza and expressed “deep concern” about the violence against Palestinians and the situation of hostages remaining in Gaza.
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