(CTN News) – The delivery of desperately needed aid to Gaza has been highlighted as an increasingly challenging task by the United Nations.
The UN’s humanitarian aid chief, Martin Griffiths, expressed his concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the difficulties faced by both the people in need and those trying to assist them. In a social media post, Griffiths emphasized the misconception that providing aid to Gaza is simple, stating that it is far from easy.
He outlined 14 obstacles that hinder the delivery of humanitarian relief, including constant bombardments, aid convoys being targeted, multiple inspections before aid trucks can enter the Palestinian territory, a lengthy list of rejected items, and the loss of aid workers due to the ongoing conflict.
Griffiths stressed the urgency for the fighting to cease, as the current circumstances are impossible to navigate.
According to Thomas White, the director of UNRWA in Gaza, Israeli soldiers fired at an aid convoy on Friday while it was returning from northern Gaza on a route designated by the Israeli army.
White emphasized that aid workers should never be targeted and stated that although the convoy leader and his team were unharmed, one vehicle was damaged.
Despite a recent resolution by the United Nations Security Council to increase aid, delivering humanitarian relief to Gaza remains a persistent challenge. The ongoing war in Israel has resulted in the deaths of over 21,300 Palestinians and the displacement of 85 percent of the population since October 7.
The military blockade and restrictions on aid shipments are further endangering the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of people.
Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud, reporting from Rafah in southern Gaza, described the dire situation faced by displaced and starving individuals from the central and northern parts of the Strip.
These individuals are forced to wait long hours to receive food assistance. One man, seeking shelter at a school in Rafah, expressed his despair, stating that his family, along with five other refugee families, had become refugees themselves.
He highlighted the difficulties they face in finding necessities such as milk, food, water, and even a plastic sheet for shelter.
Mahmoud further reported that the majority of Gaza’s population has been displaced multiple times in the past three months, fleeing with whatever belongings they can carry. UN facilities are overwhelmed, operating several times beyond their maximum capacity.
Aid groups have described the situation as desperate, and UN agencies have issued warnings that 40 percent of Gaza’s population is at immediate risk of famine.