US, Egypt agree to resume aid delivery into Gaza through land crossing

The United States and Egypt have agreed to resume aid delivery into the Gaza Strip through a land crossing.

The White House said President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Friday.

It noted Biden welcomed Sisi's commitment to permit the flow of UN-provided humanitarian assistance from Egypt through the Kerem Shalom crossing on a provisional basis. The Egyptian side also announced the agreement.

The move comes amid a serious food shortage in Gaza.

The United Nations says the Rafah crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza has been closed since the Israeli military began ground operations.

Aid deliveries through a US-built temporary pier on the coast of Gaza began on May 17.

The US Defense Department said on Thursday that 506 tons of aid had been distributed by the United Nations into Gaza since this initiative began.

But the Wall Street Journal says the amount is roughly equivalent to 71 truckloads, which is far below the initial target of 90 truckloads a day.

The newspaper also says this amount is about 15 percent of the estimated minimum daily need for a population of more than two million people.

Local media in Gaza say Israeli forces continued their offensive in Rafah on Friday despite the International Court of Justice issuing a provisional order to Israel to immediately halt its military operations there.