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  • Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 5:29 AM
    Last Update : Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 6:44 AM

UNRWA Receives 24,000 Litres of Fuel Transported to Gaza Via the Rafah Crossing

(AWP) - On Wednesday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip received 24,000 litres of fuel through the Rafah border crossing.

AWP learned that the first shipment of fuel crossed into the Gaza Strip, where it was unloaded into UNRWA trucks.

Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza, Thomas White, confirmed the receipt of the shipment via the X platform (formerly Twitter). He said it was ‘half a tanker,’ but stated that it was only to transport aid from Rafah, and that Israel had prohibited its use for water or hospitals.

An Egyptian security source told AWP yesterday that there are now two trucks waiting at the Egyptian side of the crossing, one loaded with gasoline and the other with diesel, both scheduled to cross into Gaza today.

Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, said yesterday that the agency's humanitarian operations in the Gaza Strip are on the verge of stopping due to the lack of fuel, warning that this will likely lead to many deaths.

He added that the agency's fuel depots are now empty, noting that, "without fuel, the humanitarian operation in Gaza is nearing its end. Many people will suffer and are likely to die."

The Egyptian Red Crescent announced in a statement yesterday that 110 humanitarian and medical aid trucks have crossed at Rafah towards the al-Awja border crossing to complete inspection in preparation for entering Gaza.