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Humanitarian Aid to Gaza- a Juggling Act in the Midst of War

The mainstream media has expressed “concerns” that famine is overtaking Gaza, according to Breitbart. However, that narrative is not quite correct. Humanitarian Aid is getting into the Gaza strip, but distribution is difficult due to organizations like the UN and others that have a lack of staff to process it, as well as theft of the goods.

Israel has coordinated with numerous international agencies in an effort to bring humanitarian aid into the Gaza strip.

Screenshot via COGAT-Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories

 

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10 bakeries in the Gaza Strip have resumed operations after the @WFP has supplied flour, sugar, salt, and fuel as necessary. At the current capacity, these bakeries can bake 2 million pita breads a day. pic.twitter.com/nQVvsd0fSJ

— COGAT (@cogatonline) January 4, 2024

But the lies keep coming. People claim that Gaza doesn’t have enough food, that Israelis are blocking the humanitarian aid and punishing the Gazans. Neither of which is true.

Screenshot via COGAT website

Goren said that despite voices saying that there needed to be more aid delivered to Gaza, “there is a sufficient amount of food in Gaza, and we continue to push the humanitarian agencies to collect more trucks and to distribute them.”

The bottlenecks were not on the Israeli side, he argued. “Israel has not, and will not, stand in the way of providing humanitarian aid to the people that are not part of terror.”

Rather, there needed to be improved distribution of aid. He said, for example, that there was a “desperate” need for a QR code system to monitor the progress of aid within Gaza, and said that international organizations had told Israel that they do not have the ability “to receive the aid” that had been processed at crossing points into Gaza, partly due to a lack of staff.

“The organizations desperately need to increase their capabilities,” Goren said. “Even if the amount of aid sent [is] doubled, it is no use if the organizations don’t have the ability to receive and distribute it.” Col. Elad Goren to Joel Pollak at Breitbart

Another issue is theft of the supplies: Hamas is often seen stealing them. The following post is from the Times of Israel.

Videos circulating on social media Sunday showed gunmen, reportedly Hamas operatives, stealing trucks delivering humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip from Egypt, as aid convoys also started entering the Palestinian enclave through the Kerem Shalom border crossing for the first time since the outbreak of the war on October 7.

In the videos, masked and armed men can be seen sitting on top of the humanitarian supplies — usually food, water, medicine and fuel — as the trucks drive deeper into the Strip.” Times of Israel

Distribution is a factor when terrorists steal the aid. As Col. Goren said, lack of personnel and the technology to manage large shipments of aid is also a huge problem. Israel works hard to get aid into Gaza, unlike the narratives of pro-Palestinians.  Juggling the humanitarian side of the Israel-Hamas war is extremely difficult.

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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