The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian Territories, Jamie McGoldrick, has called on Israel to allow fuel and other “essential” products to enter the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave that has been blocked by Israel and Egypt since 2007.
“Israel must immediately allow the import of fuel and other essential products into the Gaza Strip,” said McGoldrick in a statement in which he also called on the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which controls the Gaza Strip, “to end measures leading to this could further destabilization. “
McGoldrick’s statement is a reminder that incendiary bullets have been fired at Israel for weeks, and Israel has responded with targeted attacks on Gaza. “Israel has restricted imports of certain goods, reduced the permitted fishing zone and banned the transport of fuel,” he said.
Fuel is key to Gaza as the only power plant in the enclave runs on fuel. As a result, operations ceased on August 18 and supplies to the nearly two million Gazans were radically reduced to four hours a day.