Stampede Wounds Dozens in Gaza During IDF Aid Delivery

By Yoni Weiss

Aid trucks seen at the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Israel, last week. (Erik Marmor/Flash90)

During the delivery of humanitarian aid by the IDF on Thursday, dozens of Palestinians were injured in a stampede as residents surrounded the aid trucks, leading to looting and chaos. The IDF reported that Gazans were injured due to pushing and trampling, and in response to a crowd approaching soldiers in a way that endangered them, the soldiers fired.

The incident is currently under investigation by the IDF.

Hamas has claimed fatalities, but these claims could not be independently verified.

The terror group issued a statement expressing concern that the incident might jeopardize hopes for a temporary ceasefire and the release of hostages. In an effort to bypass Hamas’s interference with aid deliveries through the Rafah crossing, Israel has redirected the trucks through the old Karni crossing directly to northern Gaza.

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