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Joe Biden after Israel approves reopening of Erez crossing to allow aid into Gaza

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 April 2024, 8:31 IST
US President Joe Biden in Baltimore

Baltimore [US]: A day after the Netanyahu government approved the reopening of the Erez border crossing to allow the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza, United States President Joe Biden said that Israel is responding to his demand for actions to limit humanitarian suffering in Gaza strip.

"I asked them to do what they're doing," Biden said in his remarks when asked by a reporter if he had threatened to stop military aid to Israel.

Biden spoke as he left the White House to survey the wreckage from last week's bridge collapse in Baltimore.

This statement from the US President comes a day after his tense phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during which Biden warned that the US would reconsider its policy if Israel didn't take concrete steps to protect civilian lives and aid workers after Israeli strikes killed seven food relief workers associated with the World Central Kitchen.

Shortly after the discussion between the two leaders, Israel declared that it would open the Erez crossing, which is located on Gaza's northern border with Israel, and permit the temporary delivery of aid via the Ashdod port, where the majority of material is transported by truck to Erez, in order to facilitate the entry of more humanitarian supplies into Gaza.

Additionally, Israel said that it would augment the quantity of help entering Jordan via the Kerem Shalom border crossing.


First published: 6 April 2024, 8:31 IST