DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Millions of dollars of aid flood into Israel from US as Gaza crisis deepens

Millions of dollars of aid flood into Israel from US as Gaza crisis deepens

Even as Palestinians continue to suffer under escalating Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, millions of dollars have flowed from the US for evacuees and reserve troops in Israel. 

Standing Together, an Israeli organization, has launched a campaign for Israelis evacuated from conflict zones and 330,000 reservists called up for the war in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places in the world.

US and Israeli flags are visible at the entrance of the organization's donation tent in the illegal Jewish settlement of Mevo Horon, visited by an Anadolu correspondent, in the occupied West Bank.

Several settlers armed with automatic weapons stand guard around the tent in the absence of Israeli troops, who have been transferred to other areas amid the current escalation.

Troops regularly come to the tents to collect boxes filled with donated materials that volunteers sort inside.  

Mobile washing machines, barbers at front 

Members of the organization have said that since a surprise attack by Palestinian group Hamas on Oct. 7 and Israel's subsequent war on Gaza, they have been flooded with donations and support.

Surprised by the deluge, they put up a large tent in the settlement to store the donated materials as the project grew

The aid included new clothes, electronic devices, and cell phones for Israelis evacuated from areas surrounding Gaza and near the Lebanese border in northern Israel, while movie nights were held and "weekend packages" were provided for families of deployed soldiers.

In addition, officials with Standing Together said they were contacted by soldiers going to the front to ask for materials like coats of their size, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving kits, water bottles, hats, and others.

Millions of dollars of this support came from the US, particularly from the Jewish community there, from both individuals and companies, they said, adding that donations even included mobile washing machines, ice cream trucks, and barbering services for soldiers.

Eli Rosenfeld, who works at the association, told Anadolu that he would also go to the front as a soldier, and that they had sent aid to 70 units in a single day, while preparing aid packages for hundreds or even thousands of soldiers for three weeks.

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