December 29, 2008
Posted: 1737 GMT
GAZA CITY (CNN) - Israel allowed dozens of trucks carrying relief aid into Gaza on Monday, but the United Nations said the aid will not be enough to alleviate a worsening humanitarian situation as Israel's military assault on Gaza enters its third day.
Israeli military sources said 50 trucks carrying humanitarian aid crossed into Gaza on Monday through the Kerem Shalom border crossing and more are expected to cross later in the day.
"We had about 40 trucks yesterday, we hope [to have] about 100 today," said Karen AbuZayd, the commissioner-general of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
"But we need a lot more than that because we were completely out of stock," she told CNN on Monday.
She called on Israel to open more border crossings to humanitarian aid.
Israel says its military is targeting the Islamic militants that rule Hamas and are responsible for ongoing rocket attacks on southern Israel. The Israeli military says it is taking precautions to avoid civilian casualties.
At least 62 civilians in Gaza are among the more than 300 people killed in three days of Israeli airstrikes, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said Monday.
Iyad Nasr, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said Israeli sanctions had left Gaza's hospitals "almost incapable of functioning" even before the attacks, and those facilities are now "bleeding every resource available."
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