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Hamas: Gaza crisis stems from Israel’s US-backed ‘criminal policy’

Palestinians in Rafah line up for free food. (File by AP)

Hamas says the humanitarian crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip stems from Israel’s “criminal policy” backed by the United States.

“The humanitarian and hunger crises, which are intensifying in Gaza and the north, are a result of a criminal Israeli policy backed by the US administration, to destroy all means of life in the Strip,” the Palestinian resistance movement said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The statement said humanitarian aid has not been allowed into the besieged territory for 64 days.

Hamas said Israeli settlers have been systematically burning and destroying aid consignments at the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing.

A report by a group of UN experts on Tuesday sounded the alarm about the Palestinian children in Gaza losing their lives due to Israel’s “starvation campaign.”

The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip has worsened as aid trucks remain stranded at the Rafah border crossing in Egypt. 

Since the Israeli regime seized control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing, trucks carrying food and water have been stranded behind the border, some for nearly two months, awaiting permission to deliver the much-needed humanitarian supplies to Gaza.

The Israeli blockade of much-needed supplies is not only exacerbating the dire humanitarian crisis but also causing an escalation of tensions across the entire West Asia.


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