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Israel denies medical teams, food supplies entry to Gaza

Source: Press TV

Israel has denied Human Rights Watch and aid agencies entry to the Gaza Strip as Palestinians grapple with a shortage of vital supplies.

Israeli officials on Wednesday refused to allow prominent European medical teams and Human Rights Watch representatives to cross the border into the beleaguered strip.

Gazans, meanwhile, are in dire need of humanitarian aid following a three-week long Israeli onslaught on the costal sliver, said Press TV correspondent Akram al-Sattari at the Rafah border crossing.

Gaza hospitals are also running out of fuel supplies while they had to take measures to continue providing service to the thousands of people who have been injured in Israeli attacks.

According to our correspondent, only four truck loads of aid supplies have so far crossed the border into the Gaza Strip.

UNRWA: Open Gaza crossings or brace for crisis

International agencies warn that a full-blown humanitarian crisis is inevitable in Gaza if the borders are not fully opened to much-needed aid.

"We cannot improve [the humanitarian] situation here [in the Gaza Strip], unless they [Israelis] open all the crossing points," Adnan Abu Hasna, a media advisor to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), told Press TV on Wednesday.

He added that although Israel had allowed some aid supplies into the Gaza Strip through the Kerm Abu Salem crossing point, it was not enough due to the situation in the densely-populated area.

According to the UN official, the Kerm Abu Salem crossing point cannot itself guarantee the flow of food and medical supplies into Gaza.

Abu Hasna said that unless Israel opens all border crossings within days nobody will be able to rebuild Gaza. He added the opening of the border crossings is required to allow materials and equipment into the tiny coastal sliver for shelters to be built for those Gazans who lost their homes during the 23-day Israeli aggression.

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