UNRWA: We will not be able to complete our work without securing the entry of fuel
The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, said this morning that they will not be able to complete their work without securing fuel.
Lazzarini continued during his press conference today: “We need a continuous and uninterrupted flow of aid,” pointing out that the few trucks arriving in the Gaza Strip will not make a difference to the residents.
He explained that 57 UNRWA personnel were killed in the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, stressing the need to protect civilians and hospitals during attacks.
The UNRWA Commissioner explained that the aid is directed to the people who need it most.
He stressed that it is not possible to turn a blind eye to the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza, noting that delaying the end of this war will increase the risk of the conflict expanding.
World Food: Increasing rates of hunger in Gaza
Earlier today, Director of the United Nations World Food Program, Cindy McCain, said that the excessively stringent inspection of trucks at the Rafah crossing from Egypt to Gaza had severely slowed the flow of humanitarian aid as hunger rates increased among the Palestinians.
The Rafah crossing, which is controlled by Egypt, has become the main point for delivering aid since the Israeli occupation authorities imposed a complete siege on Gaza since October 7th.
McCain said in an interview with : “We got a small amount of trucks, and we need to bring in large quantities.” “We need safe, unrestricted access to Gaza so we can feed people and make sure they don’t starve, because that’s what’s happening.”
Limited shipments of food, water and drugs have entered since last Saturday, but fuel was not allowed to enter because the occupation authorities fear that fuel shipments will be diverted to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
Three World Food Program trucks carrying about 60 tons of food entered Gaza, which is enough to feed 200,000 people for one day. The program said that another agency truck had since entered the sector.