The Egyptian government has agreed to allow the first aid trucks into Gaza on Saturday, as Palestinians are reeling from the hospital blasts that rocked the region earlier in the week. This move is a major step in the right direction, as it will significantly alleviate the suffering of those caught up in the violence between Hamas and Israel. The decision to allow aid trucks into the territory came after Egyptian officials consulted with the UN and the International Red Cross. The relief supplies are expected to include medical and food supplies, along with other essential items to alleviate the suffering of Gaza’s population. Meanwhile, Israeli forces have said that they will continue to use “safety measures” to protect their citizens. For the people of Gaza, the trucks provide much-needed relief after the hospital blast put hundreds of women and children in serious conditions. While the aid supplies will be able to help in the immediate need for medical care, the long-term protection of civilians in the region is still in question. Nevertheless, it is hoped that this first step in allowing aid trucks into Gaza will provide a small glimmer of hope in what has otherwise been a devastating situation. It may be days before the full impact of the hospital blast is known, but for now, the humanitarian relief is a much-needed welcome. By allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza, Egypt is showing the world that it still wants to be an advocate for peace in the region.