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A military checkpoint has been set up east of Ramallah and the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings remain closed

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Local sources reported that the occupying forces set up a military checkpoint at the entrance to the village of Kafr Malik, stopped the vehicles of Palestinian citizens and checked the identity cards of their occupants, causing a traffic crisis stifling.

This came as the occupying forces continue to close the Rafah border crossing and the Karam Abu Salem commercial border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip for the eighteenth consecutive day, amid warnings of a worsening humanitarian situation due to the lack of flows. of vital supplies to citizens in various regions.

On May 5, occupying forces completely closed the Kerem Shalom crossing, southeast of Rafah city, and prevented the entry of humanitarian and medical aid. On the 7th of the same month, the occupying forces occupied the Palestinian side of the border. The Rafah border crossing and the halt to the flow of aid to the Gaza Strip remain closed to this day, threatening to worsen the health and environmental disaster, due to the lack of fuel supplies to collect and transport waste.

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned of the “catastrophic” impact and dire situation facing children in Gaza, due to the closure of crossing points through which aid and the intensification of Israeli military operations in the Strip.

UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said: “Children in Gaza continue to pay a catastrophic price due to the closure of aid routes and intensified military operations, which have led to paralysis of the only children’s hospital in northern Gaza capable of providing nutrition services,” referring to Kamal. Adwan Hospital.

Russell added that children in Gaza who have survived the ongoing war into the eighth month are “at increased risk of dying from malnutrition and dehydration,” emphasizing that “severe acute malnutrition can lead to permanent cognitive and physical damage in young children.”

The UN official concluded her speech by declaring: “No child should die of hunger.”

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also warned that despair and hunger would spread widely in Gaza if aid did not begin flowing into the strip in large quantities.

For its part, the World Food Program said that food distribution in the south has stopped, except for some limited stocks that are provided to community kitchens to prepare hot meals, expressing hope to work with partners to open more community kitchens in areas such as Khan Yunis, which is hosting people who have fled escalating hostilities in Rafah.

UN media spokesman Stephane Dujarric said around one million liters of fuel had entered the Gaza Strip since the Rafah assault began on May 6.

He added: “This means that on average we are receiving only 29 percent of the fuel allocations that we would have received under the arrangements in force before May 6,” further hampering the work of bakeries, hospitals, water wells and others. vital infrastructure.

For its part, the US Agency for International Development said: “Approximately 900,000 people have been forcibly displaced from the town of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, due to the ongoing Israeli military operation , and headed towards areas that host large numbers of people and suffer. lack of services.

Since the beginning of the aggression against the Gaza Strip, the city of Rafah has experienced a significant movement of citizens from various cities in the Strip, the number of citizens having reached approximately 1.5 million, and with the start of the military operation in In Rafah, 600,000 of them were forced to flee again to other regions.

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