While humanitarian aid arrives in Rafah, in southern Gaza close to the Egyptian border, in the rest of the Strip its distribution is difficult and is not enough for the needs of the displaced people who have lost everything.
Mahmoud Neirab, head of the Palestinian Red Crescent team, responsible for receiving humanitarian aid at the Rafah crossing, explained this to ANSA.
"Today," Neirab said, "we received 69 trucks of aid, yesterday 80." The teams of UNRWA - the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees - are destined for trucks with fuel and in the last 10 days they have received about 100 each time. The aid that passes through the crossing goes directly to UNRWA and to the social affairs shops run by Hamas, from where it is distributed to the shelters where the displaced people have gathered. In the last 3 days, much of this aid has gone to the city of Rafah alone.
On the other hand, other areas, such as Khan Yunis, the central area, Gaza City itself and the north of the Strip need "special coordination" to get basic necessities to citizens who have no income and often no longer even have a home. A situation that makes the lives of more than a million people "more miserable than the risk of being killed in an air strike". While during the truce 200 trucks of aid arrived every day, now the number has been reduced to less than 100 trucks a day.
"Less aid and less fuel," he stressed, "more hunger and more disease." However, the situation is also difficult in Rafah, where 200,000 people lived before the war and now, after the great flight from the north, more than a million people live from Gaza City and Khan Yunis.
Wesam Zoroup, a mother in a family of six, told ANSA that she had received "two cans of beans in three days, a bottle of water from UNRWA during her stay at the school" where they had taken refuge. "The aid is not enough and I have nothing to provide to the family," he added, his voice breaking. The Zoroup family fled the eastern area of Khan Younis and settled in Al-Quds School in Rafah. Shouq Rehan said she arrived from the north of the Strip a month ago with her pregnant sister who gave birth a week ago. Now he fears for the safety of the newborn and the mother.
In each classroom of the school there are about 50 displaced people, without heating, enough food and drinking water. In these schools or UNRWA sites, the situation is deteriorating by the day, but for those who live in tents outside the shelters and have to find someone to support them to survive, life is much worse. And there are many of the displaced who think that it is Hamas that is keeping a good part of the incoming aid for itself.
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