UNRWA resumes food aid delivery to Gaza refugees
The United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) said Tuesday it has resumed food deliveries to 650,000 Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, after suspending the deliveries due to the salient's chronic fuel shortage, dpa reported.
"Gaza Strip refugees can receive food aid Tuesday," John Ging, director of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip said. UNRWA vehicles could now also begin collecting refuse in the refugee camps, he added.
Ging said the Israeli government had agreed to supply Gaza's main power plant, as well as UNRWA, with needed fuel, but said that "all parties are responsible to find a quick and real solution for the crisis."
Israel halted its supply of fuel to the Strip following a deadly attack by militants on the Nahal Oz fuel depot on April 9, which killed two Israeli civilians.
"Violence at border crossing points must stop in order to enable goods, food supplies and fuels enter into Gaza," said Ging, adding "Israel should express commitment to resume fuel shipment into Gaza."
Israel has said, and Gaza residents have confirmed, that around one million litres of fuel is stored on the Palestinian side of the fuel terminal and is waiting to be collected.
Hamas, which rules the Strip, called Sunday on gas stations owners to collect the stored fuel.
But the Gaza Petrol Station Owners Association decided Tuesday to remain on strike and not accept fuel shipments from Israel, until the Jewish state increased the amount of daily deliveries.