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Israeli protesters block aid trucks at Gaza border

Jerusalem, Jan 30 (EFE).- Dozens of Israelis protested near the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Tuesday and blocked some aid trucks from entering the besieged Gaza Strip for the seventh consecutive day.

The protesters demanded the release of hostages and claimed that the humanitarian aid to Gaza was going directly to Hamas operatives.

“As of this hour, the crossing is closed to traffic, and not a single supply truck to Hamas passes through,” Tzav 9, a reservist group organising the protest, said on social media platform X.

The protesters, including family members of the hostages being held by the Islamist group, have said that Israel should not allow “aid to the enemy.”

On Oct. 7, Hamas attacked southern Isreal, killing more than 1,100 people and taking 240 captive.

Nearly half the hostages were released in a brief truce between Hamas and Isreal in November.

While 28 hostages are estimated to have died, 136 remain in Gaza.

Israel’s military retaliation has killed over 26,500 in the strip and displaced nearly 85 percent of its 2.3 million population.

On Sunday, Israel declared the Kerem Shalom crossing a “closed military zone” to prevent protesters from blocking aid convoys.

The crossing is one of the two points through which humanitarian aid from the international community enters the enclave. The other transit point is the Rafah crossing through Egypt.

The international community and humanitarian agencies have said that aid – from several countries – to the war-torn strip is insufficient.

Countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union have pressured Israel to allow more humanitarian aid to enter the enclave.

The hostages released by Hamas have said they were sometimes given only one meal a day, which has raised concerns about the condition of those who remain captive. EFE

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