U.S. Special Envoy David Satterfield said on Saturday that U.S. officials had not been told that Hamas is blocking or diverting humanitarian aid flowing into the Gaza Strip amid shortages of food, medicine and fuel.
Speaking to reporters in the Jordanian capital Amman, he said that those distributing aid in Gaza had not reported aid being diverted since trucks resumed crossing the Egypt-controlled Rafah gate on Oct. 21 after diplomatic wrangling to resume the flow.
Organizers of a pro-Palestinian protest in Washington DC are anticipating at least 30,000 marchers on Saturday in what may be the largest of its kind to take place in the US since the Israeli bombardment of Gaza began following the cross-border attack by Hamas last month.
Mohamad Mattar told NBC News that he and two other Palestinians were detained and taken to a barn, where they were bound, photographed and urinated on.
Five days after Hamas’ terrorist attack on Oct. 7, Mohamad Mattar says, he and two other Palestinians in the West Bank were detained by a group of Israeli troops and settlers wearing military uniforms.
Mattar, 46, a social and humanitarian worker for the Palestinian Authority that governs parts of the West Bank, told NBC News that he and his companions were taken to a sheep barn near their village of Wadi Al-Seeq, east of Ramallah. There, they were stripped to their underwear, bound, photographed and urinated on, he said.