Operation "Noble Knight 3" Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts in Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Ministry is leading "Noble Knight 3" to provide humanitarian aid to displaced families in Gaza, as the region faces a dire humanitarian crisis after 6 months of the Israel-Gaza war, with the US continuing to support Israel despite civilian casualties.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Operation "Noble Knight 3" Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts in Gaza Strip

Operation "Noble Knight 3" Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts in Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Ministry of Social Development is leading Operation "Noble Knight 3" to provide essential humanitarian aid to displaced families in the Gaza Strip. As part of the ongoing efforts, the operation is distributing clothing to help meet the basic needs of those affected by the ongoing conflict in the region.

Various organizations and agencies are collaborating to ensure the aid reaches the most vulnerable populations. The United Nations has called for an independent investigation into two mass graves found after Israeli forces withdrew from the area, while the Biden administration has urged Israel to forgo a major military assault on Rafah due to the risks it would pose to displaced Palestinians.

The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire, with at least half of the population facing "famine-like conditions" after six months of the Israel-Gaza war. Despite tensions between Israel and the U.S., the U.S. has continued to support Israel with weapons, funds, and has vetoed or abstained from UN cease-fire resolutions.

President Biden has stated that Israel must ensure the $1 billion in new U.S. humanitarian assistance reaches the people of Gaza without delay, including supplies of food, clean water, and medicine. The Israeli offensive on Gaza has displaced over 75% of the coastal enclave's 2.3 million residents and resulted in over 34,000 deaths, mostly women and children.

Displaced families in Gaza are struggling to cope with extreme weather conditions and the lack of basic necessities. Initially forced to take shelter in ramshackle tents during the bitterly cold winter, they now face unbearable and suffocating heat as temperatures soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Combating the spread of disease has become a priority alongside delivering food aid.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing critical humanitarian aid to over 1 million people in Gaza each month, including ready-to-eat food parcels, hot meals, wheat flour, and specialized products to address malnutrition. In April, WFP delivered fuel and wheat flour to four bakeries in northern Gaza, allowing them to operate for the first time in over 170 days.

The UN is working with the US government and other partners to establish a maritime corridor as an additional relief route, provided UN concerns over neutrality and security are addressed. US military vessels are prepared to begin construction on a temporary pier off the coast of Gaza when given the order, which will support the distribution of aid by the World Food Programme.

Why this matters: The ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip highlights the urgent need for international support and a resolution to the Israel-Gaza conflict that minimizes civilian casualties. The displacement of over 75% of Gaza's population and the dire living conditions they face underscore the importance of ensuring aid reaches those in need and finding a path towards lasting peace.

UN senior coordinator for Gaza aid Sigrid Kaag said preparations for building a floating port and pier in Gaza are advancing, with the involvement of the US, UN agencies, and other member states. Israel's deputy ambassador to the UN, Noa Furman, acknowledged that while the council expects Israel to increase efforts regarding humanitarian aid to Gaza, the council must also "step up its own efforts to end the 'horror' that has lasted more than six months."

Key Takeaways

  • Palestinian ministry leading "Noble Knight 3" to provide aid to displaced Gaza families
  • UN calls for probe into mass graves after Israeli withdrawal, US urges against Gaza assault
  • Half of Gaza population faces "famine-like conditions" after 6 months of Israel-Gaza war
  • Biden demands $1B US aid reaches Gaza, 75% displaced, 34,000 deaths, mostly women and children
  • UN, US preparing to establish maritime aid corridor to Gaza, Israel must increase humanitarian efforts