Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist political organization and militant group, rejected Israeli medical and humanitarian aid sent through Kerem Shalom, a kibbutz in southern israel located located on the Gaza Strip-Israel-Egypt border on Wednesday.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) sent eight truckloads of medical equipment through the Kerem Shalom crossing into the coastal enclave to help treat Palestinians who were injured — mostly by bullets or tear gas fired by IDF soldiers — during protests on the Israel-Gaza border earlier this week. The medical supplies included IV fluids, physical therapy treadmills, disinfection pads and bandages.
According to reports, Hamas did accept four truckloads of aid from the Palestinian Authority and two trucks sent by UNICEF Wednesday, but not the Israeli supplies.
“The supplies already entered Gaza. Despite the dire situation of the health system and the lack of medical supplies, Hamas has refused to receive the humanitarian aid and has instructed the local authorities to return them to Israel,” an IDF spokesperson reported Wednesday, i24NEWS reported.
A six-week protest campaign dubbed the Great March of Return, began on March 30. According to Hamas, Palestinians are peacefully demanding their right to return to territories seized by israel in 1948 and protesting what they describe as the ethnic cleansing of their former villages.
The ongoing Palestinian protests were aggravated by the official opening…