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Pilot project for direct aid delivery to north Gaza begins: Israeli army

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Aid convoys enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing border - 

\VOInews, Jakarta : Six aid trucks crossed from Israel directly into the northern Gaza Strip, Palestine on Tuesday (12/3) as part of a pilot project for ensuring the delivery of supplies into the area, the Israeli army announced.

According to the army, as reported by AFP, six World Food Programme - WFP aid trucks "entered the northern Gaza Strip via the '96th' gate on the security fence" on Tuesday.

They claimed that this was done as part of a pilot to prevent the Hamas group from taking over the aid, noting the trucks had been inspected at Kerem Shalom beforehand.

Israel has maintained strict control over aid entering the Gaza Strip since the outbreak of its war with Hamas, inspecting shipments at Nitzana and Kerem Shalom before permitting them to enter through the territory's south.

The cumbersome screenings are a major reason current shortages are so glaring, aid workers say, and the shipments sometimes struggle to reach northern Gaza//AFP-VOI



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