After extensive negotiations with the Israeli, Palestinian, and international communities, the U.S. Government has successfully delivered much-needed humanitarian aid to the victims affected by the Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza.
The U.S. government has also urged both Palestinians and Hamas not to obstruct the distribution of this crucial assistance. Additionally, the U.S. government has reassured its citizens who may be stranded in conflict zones that measures are in place to ensure their safety and evacuation to secure locations.
Blinken’s statement on the Aid to Gaza
In a statement released yesterday at the Foreign Press Centre (FPC), U.S. Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken announced that this humanitarian assistance delivery was the first since the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.
Blinken, in collaboration with U.S. partners in Egypt, Israel, and the United Nations, facilitated the safe passage of a 20-truck convoy and shipments to the people of Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing.
The statement reads that the humanitarian assistance convoy marks the international community’s initial response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which has deprived the residents of essential necessities such as food, clean water, medical assistance, and safe shelter.
Continuing, “The opening of this essential supply route was the result of days of exhaustive U.S. diplomatic engagement in the region and an understanding President Biden reached with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during his recent historic visit to Israel.”
He further revealed that since that visit, Special Envoy David Satterfield has been collaborating with the governments of Israel and Egypt, as well as the United Nations, to oversee the successful implementation of this humanitarian effort.
He called on all parties involved to maintain the openness of the Rafah Crossing to ensure the uninterrupted flow of aid, which is crucial for the well-being of the people in Gaza. He also emphasized that Hamas should refrain from obstructing the delivery of this life-saving assistance.
The U.S. government emphasizes that Palestinian civilians should not bear the responsibility for the actions of Hamas, which has engaged in acts of terrorism. President Biden has stated that if Hamas misappropriates or diverts this aid, it would demonstrate a disregard for the well-being of the Palestinian people. Furthermore, such actions would practically hinder the international community’s ability to provide assistance to those in need.
President Biden prioritises safety
Emphasizing the need to safeguard civilian lives and promptly deliver aid to those requiring assistance, he provided assurance that the U.S. and its international allies would consistently emphasize the significance of adhering to the principles of international humanitarian law.
He also mentioned their commitment to aiding individuals seeking safety and any form of assistance, including facilitating access to essential provisions such as food, clean water, medical attention, and shelter, regardless of their location within Gaza.
They are actively collaborating with Egypt and Israel to swiftly enable U.S. citizens and their immediate family members to leave Gaza securely and proceed via Egypt to their ultimate destinations. Ensuring the safety of U.S. citizens abroad remains of utmost importance, and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo is prepared to provide assistance to these individuals. They are exerting considerable efforts, in conjunction with partner nations, to ensure the safe departure of citizens from the conflict-affected region.
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