Limited telecom services have been restored in Gaza after an extended period of isolation, but United Nations officials have expressed concern that the amount of fuel delivered by Israeli authorities for humanitarian operations is still far below what is required. Philippe Lazzarini, the UN commissioner for Palestinian refugees, stated that the fuel delivered is “far from enough” to meet the basic needs of civilians, including running desalination plants, sewage pumps, aid trucks, ambulances, and communication services.
Lazzarini called for the regular and unconditional delivery of fuel to sustain critical relief efforts in Gaza. Earlier this week, UN agencies warned that 2.3 million people in the Gaza Strip were at risk of starvation and disease due to the lack of essential supplies.
On Friday, Israel agreed to allow two tanker trucks carrying 60,000 liters of fuel to enter Gaza each day, with 10,000 liters set aside for powering the communication network. Nevertheless, Israel had previously blocked fuel from reaching Gaza due to concerns that Hamas would use it to fuel attacks on Israeli forces.
As the conflict between Israel and Palestine continues, tensions are high in Gaza. Israel is carrying out airstrikes and targeting southern areas of Gaza, prompting many civilians to flee.
Meanwhile, the situation at Shifa Hospital in Gaza is rapidly deteriorating, as the facility is running out of essentials such as water, food, electricity, and fuel. Patients, including babies, are in urgent need of evacuation, with the hospital no longer able to provide lifesaving care.
World Health Organization officials are working to develop an emergency evacuation plan. President Joe Biden, in a Washington Post op-ed, reiterated his support for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but warned that a ceasefire would allow Hamas to regroup.
Biden outlined two key goals for resolving the crisis, including ensuring that Gaza is not used as a platform for terrorism and establishing a revitalized Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza and the West Bank. He also called for international support to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the people in Gaza, as well as a commitment to prevent future terrorist threats from emerging in the region.