Israel to ramp up aid into Gaza, opening crossing shut since October 7

The Israeli prime minister made the announcement after a call with President Joe Biden


KEREM SHALOM, ISRAEL - MARCH 14: A worker passes by a humanitarian aid truck at the Kerem Shalom Crossing before it enters into the Gaza Strip on March 14, 2024 in Keres Shalom, Israel. The IDF has said they are trying to flood Gaza with humanitarian aid in response to international pressure over the growing problem of hunger there. More than 30,000 people have died in Gaza as a result of the war, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. The Israeli government says that between 100 and 130 hostages remain captive in Gaza, after being kidnapped by Hamas militants in a surprise Oct. 7 attack that left around 1,200 dead in Israel. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

The Israeli government has approved plans to drastically increase the amount of aid going into Gaza after reports of a call between Biden and Netanyahu in which the US president said Israel must do more to protect civilians.

According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, “The increased aid will prevent a humanitarian crisis, and is critical for ensuring the continuation of the fighting and achieving the war aims.”

The steps taken to increase aid include opening Ashdod port for humanitarian shipments, increasing Jordanian aid through the Kerem Shalom crossing and opening the Erez crossing, which has been closed since October 7. 

The move follows days of furious reaction to the deaths of seven aid workers volunteering for the World Central Kitchen, who were killed after an Israeli strike on a convoy on Monday night. 

Earlier this evening, President Biden told Netanyahu that the Israelis must “announce and implement a series of specific, concrete and measurable steps to address civilian harm and the safety of aid workers.” 

The President also said that continued US support of Israel would depend on the country following his demands.

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