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Israeli protesters attack Gaza aid trucks in West Bank

  • Author, Malu Cursino
  • Role, BBC News

Israeli protesters blocked aid trucks heading to Gaza on Monday, throwing food parcels onto the road and ripping open bags of grain in the occupied West Bank.

The trucks, which were attacked at the Tarqumiya checkpoint west of Hebron, were coming from Jordan and heading towards the Gaza Strip, where tens of thousands of Palestinians face shortages of food and supplies. ‘help.

The White House condemned the attack, calling the “looting” of humanitarian convoys a “total scandal.”

The group that initiated the protest said it was demonstrating against the continued detention of Israeli hostages in Gaza.

Unverified images shared on social media showed protesters were knocking boxes from trucks onto the ground and stomping on them once they fell.

Some videos appeared to show vehicles being set on fire later in the evening. The BBC has not been able to independently verify these.

According to Israeli media, the activist group Tzav 9 was responsible for organizing the protest.

Israeli media describe it as a right-wing group that seeks to cut off humanitarian aid transfers to Gaza while Israeli hostages are held there.

One protester told the AFP news agency that she was at the checkpoint on Monday because she had heard that aid trucks were “on their way to the hands of Hamas, which is trying to kill other soldiers and other Israeli citizens.”

Hana Giat, 33, said “no food should enter Gaza” until the Israeli hostages were returned “healthy and alive”.

In a statement cited by the Jerusalem Post, Tzav 9 rejected some of the protesters’ actions, saying “acts were committed today that are not consistent with the values ​​of our movement.”

He adds, however, that “the blocking of trucks is an effective and practical measure in which we shout that ‘no help will get through until the last of the hostages returns’.”

Four protesters, including a minor, were arrested during the demonstration, according to a statement from their lawyers.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the protesters’ behavior was “completely and totally unacceptable” and that the White House was raising its concerns “at the highest levels of the Israeli government.”

The humanitarian situation in Gaza – the intended destination of the aid trucks – is a matter of grave concern for many in the international community.

The UN World Food Program has warned that Palestinians in northern Gaza are experiencing “widespread famine”. In the south, where most Palestinians have sought refuge, the humanitarian situation is deteriorating.

Israel has long maintained that it is committed to facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid to and within Gaza and accuses Hamas of stealing aid intended for civilians.

Monday’s incident took place on Israel’s Memorial Day, as the country paused to pay respects to those who lost their lives in the war.

According to the Israeli Defense Ministry, the names of 826 members of the security forces have been added to the country’s casualty list this year, alongside 834 victims of terrorist attacks.

Almost all were from the Hamas attacks of October 7 and the subsequent war in Gaza.

Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas in response to the group’s attack on southern Israel last year, in which around 1,200 people were killed and another 252 taken hostage, according to the Israeli authorities.

Since then, more than 35,090 people have been killed in Gaza, according to the Hamas-run territory’s health ministry.

While the Israeli offensive has focused on the Gaza Strip, tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank have increased since the start of the war.

About 700,000 Israelis live in 160 settlements alongside 2.7 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to settlement watchdog Peace Now.

Almost the entire international community considers the settlements illegal, although Israel disputes this.

News Source : www.bbc.com
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