Israel has attempted to deliver humanitarian aid from an international flotilla to Gaza, but Hamas - which controls the territory - has refused to accept the cargo, the Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday.
Palestinian sources said trucks that arrived from Israel at the Rafah terminal at the Israel-Gaza border were barred from delivering the aid over protests that members of the flotilla were not delivering the materials.
Israel had 20 trucks of aid found on the ships, such as expired medications, clothing, blankets, some medical equipment and toys.
Nine people died on Monday when Israel intercepted an aid vessel bound
Under Israeli policy, humanitarian aid must come through Israel and be
checked by Israeli authorities who are looking to intercept smuggled weapons bound for militants aiming to attack Israel.
As part of this policy Israel forbids ships from dropping off goods at
Gaza ports and works to thwart smuggling via tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.