$50 million in cash in aid trucks to Gaza.
Recently, Israeli accounts and social media pages have been circulating a picture purportedly showing the finding of $50 million in cash, along with drones and shells, during recent inspections of aid trucks heading to the Gaza Strip amidst the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza.
Misbar investigated the claim and found it to be misleading, as the circulated picture is outdated, and does not show a sum of 50 million U.S. dollars in cash and drones discovered when aid trucks were being inspected during the ongoing Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.
$43 Million Found Inside an Apartment in Nigeria
The photo dates back to April 2017 when the Nigerian anti-corruption unit found more than 43 million U.S. dollars in an apartment in Lagos.
In a statement released at the time, the anti-corruption agency stated that it raided the apartment following a tip about a woman moving bags in and out of the apartment. It also mentioned that safes concealed behind wooden panels in the bedroom closet held 23.2 million naira, the local currency in Nigeria, and 27,800 British pounds that had been “neatly arranged."
No Evidence of Money Smuggled Into Gaza Through Aid Trucks
The circulating claim emerges while relevant authorities persist in their efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza amid the ongoing Israeli war on the Strip. No official sources have announced any attempt to smuggle money or drones in the recent aid shipments that entered during this period.
On December 3, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) called for additional aid, including fuel, to enter the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 100 humanitarian relief trucks crossed into the Gaza Strip through the shared Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
Warnings of Deepening Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Due to Aid Shortages
With the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip entering its second month, international condemnations of the attack persist, accompanied by calls for its cessation. Warnings about the humanitarian situation in the region persist as well, citing deliberate targeting of infrastructure and civilians by the occupation forces, as well as the blockade and restrictions on aid entry.
United Nations and international entities have issued warnings of an imminent humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, home to more than two million people heavily reliant on foreign aid as a primary source of subsistence.
The UN World Food Program has warned that the Gaza Strip is on the brink of an imminent humanitarian disaster, emphasizing that a resumption of hostilities in Gaza would worsen the already dire hunger crisis affecting civilians. The UN Program stated that during the seven-day humanitarian truce ending early this December, they and their partners were able to expand relief operations in a relatively secure environment.
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) also warned that medical supplies and fuel have reached critically low levels in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital due to road closures.