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1st aid deliveries cross into Gaza’s north since outbreak of conflict

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Muhammad Jawad
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1st aid deliveries cross into Gaza’s north since outbreak of conflict

In the midst of continued regional tension and conflict marked by its beginning on Oct. 7, an important turn of events unfolded on Friday in the northern strip of the besieged Palestinian territory, Gaza. This event played out in the form of a long-anticipated delivery of humanitarian aid, as detailed by a reliable source on the ground. "Three trucks packed with emergency humanitarian assistance made their way into Gaza City and the northern part of Gaza at noon on Friday," the source shared.

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This pivotal change was all possible due to a brief peace window, characterized by a humanitarian pause that spanned four days. This significant temporary agreement also allowed for the transference of prisoners and ensured the successful entry of aid into Gaza.

The border authority of Gaza noted that the permission for a total of 150 aid trucks to infiltrate the besieged region was granted. This movement of critical aid was made possible through the Rafah crossing that connects Gaza with its neighbor, Egypt.

Terms of The Humanitarian Pause

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The Israeli army likewise issued a statement confirming that it had facilitated the passage of eight trucks filled with gasoline through the Rafah terminal. The movement of these fuel carriers was also a crucial part of the humanitarian pause agreement.

Hamas, deemed a terrorist group by leading nations, specified that the temporary ceasefire deal would allow the daily passage of 200 aid trucks and an additional four fuel tankers into all parts of the Gaza Strip.

Following the longstanding cargo blockade for a bearable period of 16 years, approximately 500 trucks loaded with various supplies, including 45 fuel carriers, used to penetrate Gaza daily. Unfortunately, this flow has been halted since the eruption of the conflict on Oct. 7, thereby leading the region to witness extreme scarcity of essential commodities, including the fuel vital for healthcare institutions.

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The Impact of The Humanitarian Ceasefire on Prisoners

The first day of the much-needed humanitarian ceasefire, besides offering respite in the midst of conflict, facilitated the exchange of prisoners as well. Israel and Hamas successfully performed a prisoner swap. Twenty-four Israelis and foreigners were exchanged for 39 Palestinians, who were previously held captive in Israeli prisons.

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The agreement between Israel and Hamas stipulates that the hostages would be released in stages throughout the duration of the four-day pause. This provision ensures that the number of prisoners can be regulated and managed more effectively.

In response to an attack by Hamas on Its borders last month, Israel commenced an extensive military assault on the Gaza Strip. The repercussions of these actions have been both severe and far-reaching.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Numbers

The health authorities in the region reported that the Israeli assault resulted in the deaths of approximately 14,854 Palestinians. This further includes the heart-wrenching loss of 6,150 innocent children and more than 4,000 women. The official death toll on the Israeli side currently stands at 1,200. Indeed, this conflict brings to light the devastating impact of war on civilian populations and further highlights the critical importance of humanitarian aid in such times.

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