Humanitarian Aid, Donations Flow into Gaza

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Israel continued to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, while a group of citizens in Tel Aviv collected food and clothing for Gaza residents.

In addition to clothing and groceries, the group is collecting toys, a variety of hygienic products, toiletries and other basic necessities for the people of Gaza.

"Our goal is to help the residents of Gaza who are living under unbearable conditions," Daphna Levy, one of the organizers of the drive, said.

"The issue is purely humanitarian, not political," she said. "Our volunteers come from a wide range of political affiliations," Levy said.

Israel Defense Forces officials and an organization called Ner L'shalom (Candle for Peace) are arranging to transport the products to Gaza.

"We have all seen on television what the price of war is," a volunteer named Ido said. "We [Israelis] know what it's like to be bombed," he said.

"It's very simple. There's a war. There are victims, and people are volunteering to help," he said.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority (PA) officials in Ramallah said they were working closely with Israel to transfer humanitarian aid to Gaza.

"We are working very closely with the Israeli authorities to ensure that humanitarian aid is delivered to the Gaza Strip through the border crossings," one PA official said.

But PA Minister of Social Welfare Affairs, Mahmoud Habbash, said Hamas confiscated 63 trucks transporting aid to UN distribution centers in Gaza on Wednesday.

Hamas, in turn, accused the PA of stealing food and medicine meant for Palestinians in Gaza.

Hamas minister Yusef al-Mansi said they will work with anyone to distribute humanitarian aid, including the PA government in Ramallah, but only under their supervision.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post 

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