On Monday, Philippe Lazzarini, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, issued a sobering assessment regarding the organization’s diminishing fuel reserves in Gaza. Among the many essential services that are in danger as a result of this depletion are drinking water sources, sewage removal, and hospitals. The Israeli military’s silence over UNRWA’s request for fuel replenishment has made matters worse.
Approximately half of Gazans displaced during the recent Israeli military campaign, triggered by Hamas attacks on October 7, rely on UNRWA for shelter. The agency has been gradually depleting strategic reserves in its fuel depot near the Israeli border. The consequences are already evident, with hospitals like Al-Quds in northern Gaza forced to close due to war damage or fuel shortages.
This crisis underscores the pressing need for international attention and support to address the immediate humanitarian concerns in Gaza. As the situation unfolds, the world watches with increasing concern over the potential shutdown of vital services for the vulnerable population. In this critical moment, cooperation and swift action are imperative to avert a humanitarian catastrophe.
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