Thomas White, Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, said:UNRWA) – today, Monday – that their operations will stop in Gaza strip Within the next 48 hours, due to the Israeli authorities not allowing fuel to enter.
White added that the agency’s warehouse ran out of fuel, and that two main water distribution stations stopped working in Gaza this morning due to running out of fuel, which will deprive 290,000 people of drinking water.
For his part, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said that the agency will not be able to supply health centers with the fuel they need, saying that this will severely affect ambulances and operations in hospitals, some of which have little marginal solar energy, and thus these hospitals will stop working.
UNRWA fuel is also used to remove hundreds of tons of solid waste from the increasingly crowded camps in the southern Gaza Strip, and Lazzarini said these services will soon stop.
The UNRWA Commissioner stated that the Israeli army did not respond to a request submitted by the agency to him to replenish the fuel stock in its warehouse located on the separating border line, which contained its fuel reserves.
UNRWA houses nearly 800,000 people in schools, or about half of the total population of the Gaza Strip who have fled their homes since Israel began its aggression against the Strip on October 7.
Some UNRWA schools were subjected to Israeli bombing, resulting in the death of displaced people.
Last Friday, UNRWA announced the killing of more than 100 of its employees in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli bombing.