UN requires $4.5 million to pay for fuel in Gaza Strip
The UN political chief, Rosemary Di Carlo, made the announcement on Wednesday while addressing the Security Council during its monthly meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.https://t.co/SNLzrMzBdo
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She urged Israel to ensure that urgently needed humanitarian supplies for the Gaza Strip are not “held hostage to political and security developments”.
The Security Council held its monthly meeting on Palestine, as the United Nations was working with Egypt to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and halt the violence.
Di Carlo said she was “deeply concerned that funding for UN emergency fuel, which sustains some 250 critical facilities in Gaza has now run out” and appealed for $4.5 million to ensure essential services for the rest of the year.
#GAZA The #UnitedNations has run out of funding to pay for fuel needed for hospitals, water plants & other critical facilities in the Gaza Strip, UN political chief Rosemary Di Carlo told the Security Council today. pic.twitter.com/oL2ZuqdNAL
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The UN undersecretary-general for political affairs also raised concern over a “dangerously short supply of essential medicines” after 40 percent of the stocks of drugs were completely depleted.
The besieged enclave has seen a surge of violence since Palestinian protests that began in March have been met with Israeli fire, killing over 160 Palestinians.
Israel has carried out strikes in Gaza at least 125 times.
The United Nations has run out of funding to provide for fuel needed for essential services such as hospitals, water facilities and more in Gaza, UN political chief Rosemary Di Carlo has said https://t.co/xO4RIKsd5P
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UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov and Egyptian officials have been seeking to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas, which rules Gaza. The two sides have fought three wars since 2008.
Di Carlo called “on all parties” to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches Gaza and urged Hamas to provide information on Israeli nationals held in the strip.
(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)