Briefing note

One month after Israel’s seven commitments on humanitarian access: the realities on the ground

Published 07. May 2024|Updated 10. May 2024
On 6 April, following the killing of seven aid workers from the World Central Kitchen, the Government of Israel made seven commitments in a reported effort to increase humanitarian access to Gaza.

In this public briefing note, the Norwegian Refugee Council along with six other humanitarian actors operating in the Gaza Strip clarify what are the realities on the ground: Israeli authorities have not implemented the pledged commitments they made to facilitate increased humanitarian access. There has been no significant improvement in alleviating dire challenges to provide life-saving aid even as famine has taken hold in the north and is expected to spread throughout the rest of Gaza.

Conditions are expected to worsen as Israel intensifies its military operations in the Rafah governorate, a critical entry point for aid. More than half of Gaza's residents have sought refuge there, and the area serves as a hub for humanitarian efforts. States must urgently prioritise Rafah on their political agendas and apply diplomatic pressure on Israel to immediately halt its military operation.