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Israel’s War Cabinet Approves Fuel Supply To Gaza

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Two fuel tankers entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing on Friday, authorized by Israel’s war cabinet to enable consistent deliveries to the besieged enclave.

The tankers, transporting 60,000 liters of diesel fuel, received authorization for use by international organizations, with a focus on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), as confirmed by Israeli military spokesperson Rear Adm Daniel Hagari. Rear Adm Hagari emphasized the limited entry of fuel for international organizations, specifically UNRWA, highlighting its intended support for desalination facilities in the southern strip. Oversight of this process is led by the United States and Egypt.

Rear Adm Hagari clarified that the fuel entered in a restricted manner for international organizations, particularly UNRWA, and is designated to support desalination facilities supplying water to the southern strip. Oversight of this process is spearheaded by the United States and Egypt.

“There are desalination facilities that should provide water to the southern strip, so the fuel is used just for these two needs. We monitor this issue to ensure it’s used for these two needs only. This (process) is led by the US and Egypt,” Hagari added.

The decision permits the entry of two fuel tankers daily into Gaza, offering vital assistance to water and sewage systems on the brink of collapse due to electricity shortages. Israel’s national security adviser, Tzachi Hanegbi, underscored the precarious condition of these systems during a Friday briefing.

Under the approved measure, 1,40,000 liters of fuel will enter Gaza every 48 hours, with the majority allocated for water and sewage uses.
The additional usage encompasses UN relief agency trucks, waste disposal, bakeries, and hospitals in southern Gaza. A smaller portion, approximately 20,000 liters every 48 hours, will be allocated to fuel Paltel generators for cell phones and internet services.

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