The United Nations aid chief notes encouraging indications regarding the opening of a new crossing to Gaza.

The United Nations aid chief, Martin Griffiths, has indicated the potential opening of the Karem Abu Salem crossing, known as Kerem Shalom in Israel, connecting Israel and Gaza for increased humanitarian aid to the war-torn Palestinian territory.

While still in negotiations, Griffiths expressed optimism during a press briefing in Geneva on Thursday, stating, “There are promising signs now that that may be able to open soon.” Currently, aid is entering Gaza through the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border. The opening of Karem Abu Salem would represent a significant development, described by Griffiths as a potential “first miracle” in weeks and a substantial enhancement to the logistical aspects of the humanitarian operation.

Emphasizing the urgent need for a more organized and sustained aid delivery, Griffiths stated, “We do not have a humanitarian operation in the south of Gaza that can be called by that name any more.” He criticized the current approach as “humanitarian opportunism,” highlighting its erratic, undependable, and unsustainable nature.

Colonel Elad Goren, head of the civil department at COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories), the Israeli agency for civilian coordination with the Palestinians, confirmed that Kerem Shalom would soon open for inspection, with discussions ongoing between COGAT, the United States, the United Nations, and Egypt to enhance the volume of humanitarian assistance. Goren emphasized Israel’s willingness to adapt to international needs and expressed readiness to accommodate increased aid quantities as determined by the UN.

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