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Only 97 trucks into Gaza via US pier: UN

The US-built temporary pier on the coast of Gaza has delivered 97 trucks of aid since operations began a week ago, a UN spokesperson says. The UN World Food Programme “took possession of 97 trucks since the floating dock came into operation” on May 17, Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

“There were a number of trucks where people, as we put it, ‘self-distributed’, but the trucks themselves did make it,” Dujarric said. “After a rocky start, the situation is stabilised. What we want to see, as we’ve been saying, is massive aid coming in through land routes.”

Before Israel launched its war on Gaza, about 500 trucks with humanitarian supplies entered Gaza through the now-closed land crossings each day.

And 190 a day through Rafah and Kerem Shalom before the Rafah invasion. First week for the pier, 14 a day. It was never meant as a replacement, hardly can be called a sufficient addition if fully operational. 190 + 150 still far short of what's needed.

106 trucks went through Kerem Shalom since may 17, so 203 total since may 17, avg 29 a day.

ICJ order on Israel ‘important but insufficient’: Turkey

Turkey’s Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc says the World Court order for Israel to stop its attack on Rafah is “important yet insufficient”.

“The decision of the ICJ to stop the attacks of the occupying Israel, which has been committing genocide in Gaza and Rafah since October 7, and to pave the way for humanitarian aid, is important but insufficient to end the blood and tears flowing in Palestine,” Tunc said on X.

He stressed Israel must comply with the binding order by the UN’s top court.

“Countries and international organizations that believe in democracy and human rights should also take action to ensure that Israel complies with the decisions.”

Dunno why CNN labels this as an opinion, seems to be fact on the ground.

Opinion: The near-impossible task of providing food aid in Gaza
Kerri Kennedy is the associate general secretary for international programs at the American Friends Service Committee. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. Read more opinions at CNN.

Earlier this month, our team of humanitarian workers had to stop distributing aid in Gaza. Like most of the population there, our aid workers urgently needed to find new places for themselves and their families to shelter.

In recent weeks, Israel airdropped leaflets on eastern Rafah, instructing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to move to areas that have already been destroyed. Israeli airstrikes were intensifying, and the ground invasion was about to begin.

Almost all humanitarian aid providers were operating out of Rafah, including my colleagues from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Our staff in Gaza had been serving hot meals from open-air kitchens and hosting recreational activities for children and teens.

Since October, the team in Gaza has provided lifesaving humanitarian aid to more than half a million people. They continued to provide this aid even as they faced unbearable personal trauma. Their homes had been bombed. They had been forced to relocate over and over in search of a safety that does not exist. Dozens of their family members had been killed by air strikes.

Our office in Gaza City, located within a protected and deconflicted building, was bombed on October 9 — we don’t know if it is still standing. In Rafah, our staff were living in a compound with dozens of other families while continuing to organize the complex logistics of providing humanitarian aid. Now they are again seeking shelter.

In recent days, hundreds of thousands of people have fled Rafah, fearing for their lives. Prior to this latest Israeli operation, there had been 1.4 million Palestinians in Rafah, most of whom had already been forcibly displaced from elsewhere. This included over 600,000 children, nearly all of whom were sick, severely traumatized, injured or malnourishedMore children have been killed in Gaza over the last seven months than in all global conflicts combined between 2019 and 2022.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military has intermittently blocked aid from entering at the Kerem Shalom crossing. Israel has seized and closed the Rafah crossing since launching their military invasion of the southern border. Rubble and active hostilities are blocking passage of both trucks and people. Both crossings have been completely destroyed on the Palestinian side by the Israeli army. Israeli settlers are attacking aid trucks and destroying food stores.

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Very factual article for an 'opinion'. It does explain what was meant by Egypt allowing aid through:

Egypt has also been reluctant to open its border through Kerem Shalom after Israel seized the Gaza side of the crossing. But on Friday the Biden administration announced that Egypt had agreed to temporarily open the border to allow aid through. This is a step in the right direction.

So no detour, a temporary shortcut from Egypt to Kerem Shalom.