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The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) will deplete its fuel supplies in Gaza within the next few days.
Philippe Lazzarini, the commissioner-general of UNRWA, alerted that the fuel shortage means “No fuel, no water, no bakery, no running a hospital.” He further highlighted the essentiality of fuel for conducting “humanitarian operations” and expressed the need for fuel to mobilize trucks to aid people in dire need.
Lazzarini’s plea comes after he issued a statement urging entities to immediately allow fuel into Gaza, stressing its importance to prevent humanitarian operations from faltering. Gaza’s only power plant depleted its fuel reserves, leading to a reliance on generators.
While trucks with aid, including water, food, and medical supplies, have entered Gaza via the Rafah crossing, Israel confirmed the absence of fuel in the delivered aid.
The dire situation follows Israel’s complete blockade on Gaza’s essentials like food and water, initiated in the aftermath of Hamas’s terrorist attack, which resulted in significant casualties. President Biden’s recent visit to Tel Aviv saw the announcement of a $100 million fund from the US for Gaza and West Bank aid.