The conflict between the Palestinian led Hamas and Israel has recently taken a violent turn once again. In response, the United States has decided to look into further aid into Gaza, especially in terms of supplying much-needed food and medical supplies. This news has been welcomed by the people of Gaza, who have long been without adequate provisions. The conditions in the region have been further exacerbated by the punitive measures imposed by Israel. The plan proposed by the United States includes a shipment of essential supplies to Gaza via Egypt. The US has also warned both Israel and Hamas of the serious consequences of any further military escalation. It has been proposed that a ceasefire, with one of the officials saying that it “should take the form of an internationally accepted framework” is necessary if the situation is to be resolved. In fact, some aspects of such a plan have already been discussed in the past. The US has also been pushing for an inclusive diplomatic solution for the region, in which Palestinian self-determination is taken into consideration. The US has also made clear that the onus is not solely on Israel, and that Hamas must also accept a ceasefire and a resolution to the situation. Despite the ceasefire, however, the tensions between Israel and Hamas have not completely subsided. Several rockets have been fired into Israel in recent days, leading to several deaths and injuries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instead urged Hamas to accept “a path of de-escalation rather than escalation”. The Israeli military has also said that it is prepared to fulfill its responsibility to protect its citizens. In any case, the situation in Gaza is continuing to worsen. Reports from the UN have warned of a humanitarian crisis in the region and the number of people without adequate supplies continues to grow. Thus, the US plan to provide aid through Egypt is a welcome move, and it is hoped that a lasting solution will be found soon.