An Israeli tank struck an Egyptian position near Gaza during the second humanitarian convoy—injuring several border guards, Reuters reported on Sunday.
Israel admitted to the strike and said it “expresses sorrow regarding the incident,” according to the report. Israel said it is investigating.
One critic of Israeli policy took to X and accused IDF forces of intentionally targeting the convoy.
“Israel also bombed Egypt (Rafah) earlier today, preventing humanitarian aid from entering Gaza,” the user posted. “Only Israel can bomb 3 countries at once, and the ‘international community’ doesn’t even bat an eyelash.”
TRENDPOST: We have reported on how Israel struck Syrian airports that had been taking shipments intended for earthquake victims in the country.
Since 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria and claims to target pro-Iranian forces in the country. Israel has said this airport has been used by Iran to arm its proxies in Syria, including Hezbollah. (See “ISRAEL CONDUCTS ‘DEADLIEST’ ATTACK ON DAMASCUS AS SYRIA TRIES TO OVERCOME HISTORIC EARTHQUAKE,” 21 Feb 2023.)
We’ve long noted that in the one-sided world of demonic thinking espoused by Western politicians and the Presstitutes… only Israel has the “right to defend themselves,” steal land under the name of “occupations,” launch preemptive wars to bomb Gaza and kill Palestinians, and operate as an Apartheid state as noted by Human Rights Watch.
The report noted that Israel has been conducting a total blockade. The first convoy of trucks was stuck in position for days after President Joe Biden announced that Israel agreed to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.
Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the UN, said Saturday that there are two million people who are suffering “enormously,” who have no water, food, medicine, or fuel. He said the trucks had been stuck on Egypt’s side of the border but there was a trickle of movement late Saturday.
CBS News noted that just about 20 trucks of more than 200 trucks were allowed to enter Gaza. In the meantime, Gazans had been rationing food and drinking dirty water.
Dr. Michael Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program, said Gaza doesn’t need 20 trucks, but rather 2,000.
Israel has expressed concern that the convoy could include weapons shipments for Hamas fighters in Gaza. Fuel has been a source of contention because it can have military applications. But Medical Aid for Palestinians noted on Sunday that there are 130 premature babies “in imminent danger if fuel does not reach hospitals soon.”
TRENDPOST: Israel is known to put Gazans on a “diet” during normal relations with the coastal city. In 2012, The Guardian reported that Israel assumed the average Gazan needed 2,300 calories to avoid a humanitarian crisis.
The Israeli government in 2012 released a confidential document produced in 2008 detailing how Israeli officials “had been calculating the minimum caloric intake needed to keep Gazans from starving while maintaining strict control over the import of food,” the Institute for Middle East Understanding reported, citing Haaretz.
“On average, the minimum worked out to 2,279 calories per person per day, which could be supplied by 1,836 grams of food, or 2,575.5 tons of food for the entire population of Gaza,” the report said.
Robert Turner, UNRWA’s director of operations in the Gaza Strip, told Haaretz that he “read the draft with concern. If this reflects an authentic policy intended to cap food imports, this ‘red lines’ approach is contrary to humanitarian principles. If it is intended to prevent a humanitarian crisis by setting a minimum threshold, it has failed.”
Yoav Gallant, the Israeli minister of defense, said in the early days of the war that he had ordered a complete siege of the Gaza Strip.
“There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed. We are fighting human animals, and we will act accordingly,” he said.
Gisha, an Israeli not-for-profit, said, “Israel’s decision to completely cut supply of water, food, fuel, electricity, medicine, and other goods to Gaza comes against the backdrop of an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Strip, itself caused in large part by Israel’s 16-year closure of Gaza and decades of movement restrictions preceding it, as well as its repeated attacks on the Strip.”