As Israel pursues its military offensive in Gaza, it has agreed to set up a so-called “humanitarian corridor.”
The move was announced as aid agencies signalled a mounting crisis for the enclave’s 1.5 million Palestinians. Israeli military chiefs are said to have recommended the corridor. It would grant periodic access to parts of the Strip, enabling civilians to stock up on vital goods. Israel has already allowed some aid in but says it has not always been getting to those who need it. “We have got a situation where the crossings have been opened and food stuffs and medicines have been entering Gaza but because of the difficult combat situation there has been a problem with distribution,” said the Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesman Mark Regev. “I think the idea of the corridors is to allow for a flow of both food stuffs and medicines inside the Gaza Strip so they will reach the people that we want them to reach.” Israel is under more pressure than ever to halt its Gaza campaign, after its forces hit a UN school on Tuesday, where hundreds of people were taking refuge. Medics said 42 people were killed.