Palestinian officials warned on Saturday that the volume of aid that reached Gaza is "not enough" to relieve the deteriorating humanitarian situation.
The head of the Hamas-controlled Government Media Office, Salama Marouf, said the aid convoy "will not be able to change the humanitarian catastrophe that the Gaza Strip is experiencing," pressing the importance "to establish a secure corridor that operates around the clock to provide the humanitarian and service needs that are currently completely lacking."
Marouf also stressed "the necessity of permanently opening the Rafah crossing," in order to facilitate the evacuation of the injured from Gaza.
Separately, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said in a statement on Saturday that the aid delivered Saturday "constitutes only 3% of the daily health and humanitarian needs that used to enter the Gaza Strip before the aggression."
The health ministry added that "excluding the entry of fuel as part of humanitarian aid will continue to pose a threat to the lives of patients and the wounded," with resources at hospitals in Gaza "completely dried up."
The ministry appealed to the international community "to take immediate action to enter fuel and urgent health supplies before more lives are lost inside hospitals," adding that "seven hospitals and 25 health facilities have gone out of service due to targeting and fuel depletion."
Head of the Palestinian National Initiative and former legislator Mustafa Barghouti echoed the sentiment from Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.
"20 trucks of aid to Gaza will not change much. Gaza needs at least 500 trucks of fuel, food, medicines and water daily,” Barghouti said.
“Immediate need now is 7,000 trucks of immediate aid. That’s why 20 trucks will not really change much," he continued.
Barghouti also said that "what we need is opening of the Rafah crossing that could continue to provide support to Gaza."
"We need immediate support to reduce this act of collective punishment against the Palestinian people," he added.