“It’s not enough”: fuel for humanitarian aid in Gaza is lacking, the UN laments

The fuel that arrived in the Gaza Strip via Egypt on Wednesday, which will be used for the delivery of humanitarian aid, “is not enough at all”, lamented the UN agency for Palestinian refugees ( Unrwa), confirming a first delivery since the start of the war.

A little more than 23,000 liters of gasoline were delivered, “but its use was restricted by the Israeli authorities, (and will be used) only for the transportation of humanitarian aid,” lamented the head of Unrwa in Gaza , Thomas White, in X. (ex-twitter).

There is no “oil to run the water supply or the hospitals,” he added.

According to Mr. White, this supply is equivalent to “half a tanker truck” and represents “only 9%” of the agency’s daily needs to “maintain (its) life-saving activities.”

Egyptian state media Al-Qahera News earlier reported that a fuel truck from Egypt entered the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, for the first time since the start of the war between Hamas and Israel, which was sparked by an unprovoked attack. precedents of the Islamist movement on Israeli soil on October 7.

The UN continues to call for fuel to be sent to Gaza, particularly to supply hospitals, but Israel refuses, claiming that Hamas could use it for its military activities.

Its agency in the Gaza Strip warned on Monday that its humanitarian operations would cease within 48 hours, due to a lack of fuel, as it battles the besieged Palestinian territory where the humanitarian situation is dire, according to NGOs.

In the Gaza Strip, where Israel said it wanted to “annihilate” Hamas, Israeli bombardment carried out in retaliation for the October 7 attack killed 11,320 people, mostly civilians, including 4,650 children, according to the Ministry of Defense of Hamas Salut.

About 1,200 people were killed in Israel in the October 7 attack by Hamas, the vast majority civilians, according to Israeli authorities.