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  • Updated: October 21, 2023

Gaza Faces Humanitarian Crisis As Fuel Supplies Remain Excluded

Gaza Faces Humanitarian Crisis As Fuel Supplies Remain Exclu

The exclusion of fuel from aid shipments to Gaza as announced by Israeli spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari on Saturday has compounded the region's humanitarian crisis.

Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said; “The aid shipments to Gaza would not include fuel.”

Fuel is a fundamental necessity for pumping water and operating generators that power critical facilities, particularly hospitals.

In Gaza, residents traditionally rely on fuel to fill tanks and access their water supply. Without fuel, the operation of trucks necessary for transporting water becomes impossible, further exacerbating the water scarcity in the region.

The situation reached a critical point when Gaza's last functioning seawater desalination plant had to shut down due to fuel depletion.

Healthcare facilities are among the hardest hit by fuel shortages. Five hospitals are already completely out of service, and an additional two are struggling with very low fuel supplies, causing them to close major health departments.

The consequences are dire, with thousands of patients, including newborns in incubators, kidney patients, and cancer patients, facing immediate risk to their lives.

The absence of fuel in Gaza has deepened the already severe humanitarian situation, raising urgent concerns about the wellbeing of the population, particularly the most vulnerable. As the crisis unfolds, international efforts to address this issue are paramount.

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