UN warns Gaza operations ‘on the verge of collapse’ despite fuel distribution – World ReadingS


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Just hours after receiving its first wartime fuel delivery from outside Gaza, the UN warned on Wednesday that its operations in the region were in danger of collapsing and most people would soon be without access to drinking water.

“Our entire operation is now on the verge of collapse,” said Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

“Just having fuel for trucks will no longer save lives,” the UNRWA chief wrote on his former Twitter account X, saying fuel shortages were leading to severe drinking water shortages.

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“By the end of today, approximately 70 percent of the population in Gaza will not have access to clean water,” he said of the 2.4 million people living in the small area.

Earlier, UNRWA’s head of Gaza operations, Thomas White, said fueling trucks did not address the fuel shortages that are crippling hospitals, sewerage plants and water supplies.

“In Rafah, the city’s only water source, all 10 water wells stopped pumping; From where? No fuel,” he wrote to X, referring to the city at the southern tip of Gaza.

He also said that Rafah’s only sewage plant, along with the desalination plant in Khan Younis, which “provides drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people”, has come to a halt due to fuel shortages.

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