This Thursday, the secretary general of the multilateral entity, António Guterres, welcomed the movement of people and humanitarian aid through the Rafah crossing.
The Egyptian border crossing was opened this week for about 80 sick and injured Palestinians in Gaza to receive treatment in the neighboring country, as well as for many foreign passport holders and rotating United Nations staff.
“All this is an important step in the right direction, on which we must build,” emphasized Guterres’ spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.
Since aid deliveries resumed on October 21, humanitarian convoys carrying food, water and medicine have been able to enter Gaza through Rafah, while fuel deliveries remain prohibited, the spokesman complained.
The UN remains committed to continuing our intensive work with all parties to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable people in Gaza, he stressed.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 227 trucks had entered the Strip as of Thursday with water, food and medicine.
For its part, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has assured that about 690,000 Palestinians have taken refuge in 149 facilities throughout Gaza.
The entity estimated that 160,000 people were accommodated in 57 shelters in the northern part and Gaza City in accordance with the evacuation order from the Israeli authorities.
However, UNRWA warned that it will no longer be able to provide services to displaced people in those areas.
The Agency, which is the largest aid provider in Gaza, still needs $100 million for its operations this year, including paying the salaries of its staff in the Strip.