January 22, 2024 | Flash Brief

12,000 Trucks With Humanitarian Aid Have Entered Gaza Since October 7

January 22, 2024 | Flash Brief

12,000 Trucks With Humanitarian Aid Have Entered Gaza Since October 7

Latest Developments

More than 12,000 trucks of humanitarian aid have entered Gaza since the beginning of the war, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on January 22. In addition, “1,052 tons of medical equipment have entered Gaza,” the IDF said. On January 21, a total of “260 humanitarian aid trucks were inspected and transferred to Gaza, marking the highest number since the start of the war,” said Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). This represents an increase from the number of trucks entering Gaza over the past months. According to COGAT, which coordinates and facilitates humanitarian aid to Gaza, “there is no limit to the amount of humanitarian aid that can enter the Gaza Strip.”

Expert Analysis

“Support for the civilian population in Gaza is important at a time when Hamas continues to try to use Gazans as human shields. Hamas has exploited civilians in Gaza, using hospitals to hide their terrorist activist and building tunnels under civilian homes. Hamas has also launched rockets from near hospitals, endangering civilians. It is essential that the international community make sure that humanitarian aid to Gaza is not hijacked and diverted by Hamas.” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“Israel is providing humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of Gazan civilians, with full knowledge that these supplies often end up in the hands of Hamas terrorists. In sharp contrast, Hamas continues to hold over 100 hostages in Gaza, has killed dozens in captivity, and continues to fire at Israeli civilians — all the while stealing much-needed humanitarian supplies from Gazans.” — Enia Krivine, Senior Director of FDD’s Israel Program and National Security Network

Daylight Pauses in Fighting for Humanitarian Aid

The IDF continues to enable pauses in fighting during certain daylight hours in various locations in Gaza to “allow civilians in the Gaza Strip to replenish stocks such as food and water,” COGAT noted on January 21. The pauses take place from 10 am until 2 pm. A map of the pauses illustrates that many of them are in southern Gaza, where the IDF has been increasing operations around Khan Younis. Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on January 21 that operations in Khan Younis will intensify.

French Naval Ship Treats 1,000 Gazans

The French naval warship Dixmude has provided treatment for 1,000 people from Gaza since it arrived off the coast of Egypt in November to support humanitarian efforts. France is one of a number of countries, such as Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, that have provided medical assistance to Gazans. Aid that the international community has sent to Gaza is reaching the civilian population, but videos over the last months have shown that gunmen appear to hijack some aid trucks.

Israel Facilitates Humanitarian Aid to Gaza,” FDD Flash Brief

Tunnel for Holding Hostages Uncovered in Khan Younis,” FDD Flash Brief

Red Cross Will Not Aid in Transfer of Medicine to Hostages in Gaza,” FDD Flash Brief

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