Israel Mocks UN: ‘Ask Hamas for Fuel’

Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip continue. (Photo: The Palestine Chronicle)

If the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees needs fuel, it can ask Hamas for some, the Israel army said on Tuesday, in response to UNRWA’s appeals for humanitarian aid to Gaza.

“These fuel tanks are inside Gaza. They contain more than 500,000 liters of fuel. Ask Hamas if you can have some,” the Israeli army on the social media platform, X, accompanied by a satellite photo of a dozen objects near Rafah.

It was a direct reply to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which had posted earlier, “If we do not get fuel urgently, we will be forced to halt our operations in the Gaza Strip as of tomorrow night,” meaning Wednesday.

Israel imposed a total blockade on Gaza since October 7, not allowing fuel, medicine, food or water. The humanitarian crisis in the already besieged Strip is unprecedented.

Dr. Ghassan Abu Sittah, a north London surgeon who volunteers at the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City, told BBC that the aid convoy was a “gimmick.”

“When you send 15-20 trucks to a place with two and a quarter million people, you do it so that it appears that there’s aid coming in. Not that you have any intention of altering the outcome for the 15,000 wounded,” Abu Sittah said.

He added that the hospital had received 600 dead Palestinians over the past 24 hours and “three times as many wounded.” Supplies are running out, and another 1,800 or so civilians have sought shelter inside from Israeli airstrikes.

“They’re everywhere. They’re in the corridor and floors, they’re in the wards on the floor. Mattresses everywhere,” Abu Sittah said.

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According to the Gaza Health Ministry, as of Tuesday evening, a total of 5,791 Palestinians have been killed and another 16,300 wounded since October 7.

(RT, PC)

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  1. Very odd (!) that Israel knows where 500,000 litres are stored in Gaza yet their war on Palestinians has so far failed to bomb the facility! Perhaps their bombing is only confined to civilian targets!

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