Death Toll in Gaza Reaches 36,284

Meanwhile, the flow of aid is again becoming difficult, and the EU is allocating funding to the Palestinian National Authority and UNRWA

The death toll in Gaza from Israeli attacks has risen to 36,284. Many Palestinians have been killed since October 7, 2023, the day of the Hamas incursion into Israel, which triggered an endless response by the Israel Defense Forces. According to the Palestinian health ministry and an Al Jazeera report, the number of injured is 82,057. In the last 24 hours alone, 60 people have been killed, and the number of injured has reached 280.

To exacerbate the already desperate situation of the population, Israel wanted to stop humanitarian aid trucks for Gaza from Egypt at the Kerem Shalom crossing. The reason could be the resumption of armed clashes in the Rafah area following the resumption of armed clashes between Israel and Hamas in the area and near Rafah on the Palestinian side. This is reported by the Italian news agency ANSA, citing sources in the Red Crescent. Even the controversial sea route across the objectionable pier built by the US Army is currently not in use due to heavy swell damaging its structure.

Meanwhile, news comes from Brussels that the European Commission has allocated a second tranche of financial aid of 25 million euros for the Palestinian Authority and 16 million for the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). “This new disbursement to UNRWA will increase total EU development aid to €66 million out of €82 million for the UN agency in 2024,” the EU said in a statement.

UNRWA itself has been at the center of controversy, as Israel has accused it of having among its staff people who took part in the October 7 attacks. This has led to a halt in aid from several Western countries. However, a recent investigation by a European Community commission concluded that there was no evidence of Israel’s accusations, and so several European countries announced that they would return to funding the UN agency.