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Senate Democrats urge Israeli ambassador to allow greater humanitarian aid for Palestinians

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A group of Senate Democrats are urging Israel’s top diplomat to the U.S. to take additional steps to ensure humanitarian aid can reach Palestinians in Gaza amid the ongoing conflict.

“There are concrete and realistic steps Israel can take to accelerate aid delivery and safety for aid workers,” the lawmakers, led by Sen. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), wrote in a letter first obtained by POLITICO.

Their letter specifically requests that Israel improve deconfliction mechanisms, establish humanitarian aid access points in Gaza, offer a plan for repairing critical infrastructure in Gaza and expand deliveries of aid.

Signatories include Welch, Armed Services Committee Chair Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).