A United Nations food convoy en route to northern Gaza came under Israeli naval gunfire, according to Thomas White, the director of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on Monday.
The incident adds to the escalating tensions in the region, drawing international attention and raising questions about the safety of humanitarian efforts in conflict zones.
The attack comes at a time when Gaza has been grappling with severe humanitarian challenges, including food shortages and economic hardships.
The region has been under the spotlight due to previous conflicts, with the most recent significant escalation occurring on Oct. 7, 2023. During that period, Hamas, the Palestinian movement in control of Gaza, initiated a rocket attack against Israel.
In response to the rocket attacks, Israel imposed a complete blockade on Gaza, launching retaliatory strikes and initiating a ground incursion to eliminate Hamas fighters and rescue hostages. The conflict led to a devastating toll, with over 27,000 people reported killed in the Gaza Strip, as per local authorities.
The recent attack on the UNRWA food convoy raises severe concerns about the safety and security of humanitarian missions in conflict zones.