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Latest news about the bloody attack in Rafah

Latest news about the bloody attack in Rafah

Trucks carrying humanitarian aid bound for Gaza wait near the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing on May 26. (AFP/Getty Images)

After the US-built aid pier collapsed amid rough seas on Tuesday, the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza slowed further.

This is the status of the three main crossings from Israel and Egypt to Gaza:

Rafah: Since Israel began its attack on Rafah on May 6 and took control of the Gaza side of the crossing, aid has been blocked and supplies have piled up in Egypt. Israel and Egypt blame each other for the blockade.

The Rafah crossing was previously the central artery for aid to reach Gaza, and last year for the entry of some Palestinians and wounded foreigners into Egypt.

Kerem Shalom: With the closure of the Rafah crossing, the Kerem Shalom crossing to southern Gaza was opened last week. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and US President Joe Biden agreed to send temporary aid to the United Nations through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

“This will help save lives,” Biden said, as efforts continue to reopen the Rafah crossing.

Israeli officials said that more than 370 aid trucks arrived at the crossing from Egypt on Monday.

But UNRWA, the main UN aid agency in Gaza, said it had collected only 30 trucks for distribution on the Gaza side of the crossing. Another UN agency said that although the crossing was open “in principle,” the fighting was making it difficult for aid to arrive from the Gaza side.

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Some Israelis have recently held protests at the crossing, demanding that no aid enter Gaza until Hamas releases all hostages.

Erez: Aid arrived slowly through this crossing, located in the northern Gaza Strip. From May 1 to 20, the World Food Program transported 500 trucks carrying 7,000 metric tons of aid through the crossing.

But only the western side of the crossing is open, while the eastern Erez crossing remains closed.

And the American pier? The temporary pier, built by the US military at a cost of $320 million, collapsed on Tuesday, just over 10 days after it became operational. It will be removed from the Gaza coast and transported to the Israeli port of Ashdod for repair, which will take more than a week, delaying the delivery of aid.