Israel has been harshly criticised for the humanitarian impact of its campaign against Hamas, being suffered by the general population of Gaza. Officials promised that a load of UNICEF relief supplies which arrived on board an Israeli cargo jet from Denmark would be distributed in in the Strip over the coming days. Israel’s minister in charge of aid for Gaza Isaac Hertzog said that he would do everything possible to help the people of Gaza “get over the crisis.”
International agencies said Israel’s three-hour break in fighting each day was “woefully insufficient” to distribute aid properly. Palestinian health officials say more than a thousand people have been killed in the 20 day campaign. Relief workers say nine out of ten of the survivors are relying on handouts.