Activists Target Ashdod Port, Demand Release of Hostages for Gaza Aid

By Yoni Weiss

People block the entrance to Ashdod Port during a protest against aid trucks entering the Gaza Strip, Thursday. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

In a bid to press for the release of hostages held by Hamas, activists advocating for hostages’ rights shifted their focus to Ashdod Port on Thursday, targeting aid trucks bound for Gaza. This comes in response to the IDF’s closure of the Kerem Shalom and Nitzana border crossings, designating them as closed military zones to safeguard the uninterrupted flow of aid.

After successfully obstructing aid convoys near the border crossings, protesters, including families of hostages, demobilized reservists, and displaced civilians, are now preventing trucks from leaving Ashdod Port. They insist that humanitarian aid to Gaza should be conditional on the release of the remaining 136 hostages held by Hamas.

Activists also gathered at the Kerem Shalom crossing, voicing their discontent as humanitarian aid trucks attempted to pass through.

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