Over 100 Palestinians killed near Gaza City, aid needed

The Guardian February 29, 2024, 10:00 PM UTC

Summary: Over 100 Palestinians were killed near Gaza City as they gathered around aid trucks. Israel's military denied shooting into crowds, claiming most died in a crush or were run over by trucks. Gaza health officials reported at least 112 killed and 280 injured. The US president warned the incident could complicate ceasefire talks. The death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has surpassed 30,000, with over 70,000 injured. The UN described a "blockade within a blockade" in northern Gaza. The US defense secretary stated that over 25,000 women and children had been killed by Israel since October 2023. The situation has led to widespread malnutrition and severe shortages of medical supplies, clean water, and shelter. The UN's undersecretary for humanitarian affairs described the situation as "life draining out of Gaza at terrifying speed." Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan called for more aid to reach Gaza and greater international pressure on Israel to reach a ceasefire deal. The head of Unrwa stated that barely 100 trucks a day of aid reached Gaza in February, compared to 500 before the war started in October. Israel tightened a years-long blockade after Hamas's attack, leading to widespread hunger and looming famine. The UN described the situation as a "man-made widespread hunger" and "unprecedented human-made famine."

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