"Portugal welcomes the entry of the first humanitarian corridor into Gaza this morning", can be read on the official account of the Portuguese Foreign Minister's office on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

"In view of the serious deterioration of the situation, the Rafah border must remain open so that this essential humanitarian support can continuously reach innocent civilian populations", states the message.

The UN confirmed today that 20 trucks with food, water and medicine entered the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Islamist group Hamas, through the Rafah crossing.

The Rafah crossing, on the border with Egypt, is the only exit to the outside of the Gaza Strip, as the remaining border crossings are with Israel.

This border had been closed since the beginning of Israeli bombings on the territory, in retaliation for the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7th.

The conflict has already caused thousands of deaths and injuries, among military personnel and civilians, in both territories.