Israel opens fuel crossing point with Gaza Strip

Israel opens fuel crossing point with Gaza Strip

New York: Israel opened its fuel crossing point with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday but closed it again after less than 230,000 litres were delivered, citing ongoing clashes on the Gaza side, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Gaza is facing acute shortage of fuel as Israel in allowing only limited supplies to go in.

“If no industrial fuel deliveries are allowed in tomorrow, Gaza’s power plant will have to be switched off this weekend," the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) said.

Apart from the fuel crossing, all Gaza commercial crossings remained closed yesterday for the seventh day in a row, with no humanitarian or commercial commodities being allowed in.

UNSCO said there were concerns in Gaza over the growing shortage of cooking gas and a number of bakeries have been forced to shut down, leading to worries over the availability of bread.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said the current blockade of Gaza is affecting its operations “as never before."

Materials prevented from entering Gaza include linens for a centre for blind children, textbooks for young students, and fire extinguishers.

UNRWA had on Tuesday said that food distributions to 750,000 people in the Strip, about half the total population there, would end today unless critical supplies, including wheat, powdered milk and oil, were allowed in.