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Aid into Gaza increased after Israel killed 7 workers, but groups say they're not celebrating

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After Israeli strikes killed seven World Central Kitchen charity workers this month, sparking global outrage, convoys carrying food and supplies have entered northern Gaza for the first time since the start of the war and there has been a slight uptick in aid entering the besieged enclave.  


The increase is “nothing that we’re celebrating,” Ahmed Bayram of the Norwegian Refugee Council charity told NBC News on Sunday. But he said that it was “an indication that diplomatic pressure can work” and that in this case American pressure, in particular, has brought results.


For months, aid agencies have warned that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were at high risk of famine as children have died of malnutrition and dehydration as Israel has blockaded the densely populated enclave. But last week, the United Nations World Food Program said three convoys carrying food and flour crossed into northern Gaza for the first time since the war began in October through the Erez border crossing in southern Israel. 


The deliveries came in the wake of widespread international condemnation of the deaths of the World Central Kitchen workers, who were killed in a series of Israeli drone strikes on their convoy in central Gaza although their vehicles were clearly marked with the charity’s logo and the team had communicated its movements to the Israeli military.