UN Aid Agency in Gaza Running Out of Fuel

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Israel’s War on Gaza

The spiralling humanitarian crisis in Gaza has raised alarm as the main UN aid agency in besieged Gaza warned it will have to stop operations by the end of Wednesday because it is running out of fuel. Israel has cut off impoverished Gaza’s usual water, food, and other supplies, and fewer than 70 relief trucks have entered since the war started. Israel has bombed Gaza in response to an unprecedented cross-border attack by Hamas militants who, while firing a massive rocket barrage, killed more than 1,400 people and took 222 hostages on October 7, according to Israeli authorities. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to “eliminate Hamas” and Israeli strikes have now killed more than 6,500 people in Gaza, a rise of over 700 since Tuesday, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Patients are already being treated on the floors of hospitals overwhelmed with thousands wounded by bombing. The Red Cross has warned that hospitals, once the generators stop running, “turn into morgues”. Aid groups have warned that more people will die if medical equipment, water desalination plants, and ambulances stop running in Gaza, where the only power plant went offline weeks ago. Aid agencies report that emergency shelters and tent cities are heaving under the weight of 1.4 million displaced — more than half the population of the 40-kilometre (25-mile) long coastal strip.

UN Aid Agency in Gaza Running Out of Fuel

On the 19th day of Israeli air and artillery strikes and a near-total land, sea, and air blockade of Gaza, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA warned operations are at breaking point. “If we do not get fuel urgently, we will be forced to halt our operations in the Gaza Strip,” said the agency which provides aid to 600,000 displaced in Gaza, where many families have slept in the open. Israel has refused to allow fuel shipments into Gaza, fearing Hamas will use it for weapons and explosives and accusing the militant group of stockpiling supplies in large tanks.

The Gaza War

The Gaza war has sparked fears of a regional conflagration if it draws in more of Israel’s enemies — especially Iran-backed groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah which has already traded deadly cross-border fire with Israel. Israel also bombed Syria’s Aleppo airport for a fourth time in two weeks.

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