TEL AVIV, November 13. /TASS/. At least 143 trucks carrying humanitarian cargo entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing on Sunday, or the daily maximum since the latest escalation in the Middle East, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said on X (formerly Twitter).
"The highest number of aid trucks since the beginning of the war [on October 7] were inspected and sent to Gaza today," COGAT said in a statement.
According to it, of that number, 72 trucks brought food (1,620 metric tons), 11 medical equipment (137 metric tons), 22 water (444 metric tons), 15 equipment for shelters (220 metric tons), and the other 23 trucks delivered miscellaneous humanitarian consignments weighing a total of 351 metric tons.
Humanitarian aid started to arrive in the Gaza Strip on October 21, or two weeks after the latest conflict between Palestine and Israel broke out. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesman Jonathan Conricus said that, so far, more than 805 trucks carrying humanitarian cargo have entered the Palestinian enclave.
Tensions in the Middle East flared up again on October 7 when Hamas militants launched a surprise incursion into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, killing many Israeli kibbutz residents living near the Gaza border and abducting more than 200 Israelis, including women, children and the elderly. Some 1,400 Israelis have been killed, with not all victims having been identified yet. The Palestinian radical movement described its attack as a response to the aggressive actions of Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Israel declared a total siege of Gaza and started carrying out strikes on the Palestinian enclave, as well as on certain areas in Lebanon and Syria. Clashes are also taking place in the West Bank.