The United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) warned on Monday evening that it may stop its work in the Gaza Strip if fuel supplies are not resumed there. This was announced on social networks by his head of Gaza affairs, Thomas White. The Commissioner General of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzaryny, also stated that fuel reserves in the sector have come to an end, and the agency will soon not be able to fulfill its obligations to provide heat and electricity to hospitals and children’s institutions, as well as to maintain the work of sewage and water supply.
“Our resources have come to an end,” The Guardian quotes Lazzaryna as saying. “If this continues, by November 14, the lack of fuel will affect the ambulance service and the work of hospitals. Some of them have solar batteries, but they are of low power.”
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is continuing the operation to eliminate militants of the radical Islamist group Hamas, designated as a terrorist group in the United States, the European Union, and many other countries, in the Gaza Strip. On Monday, there were reports that fighting is going on around the largest hospital in the city of Gaza Al-Shifa. The IDF claims that Hamas command posts are located inside the hospital and in the tunnels under it. Hamas and the hospital management deny this.
The Hamas-controlled Ministry of Defense in the Gaza Strip said that patients, including newborn babies, were dying at Al-Shifa Hospital due to Israeli shelling and a lack of fuel for diesel generators.
The Israeli military has repeatedly recommended the civilians of Gaza to evacuate to the south of the sector so as not to become victims of hostilities. Among other things, they demanded hospital management to evacuate patients and offered assistance in evacuating at least sick children. According to the IDF, hospital managements refused – it is not known whether by their own decision or under pressure from Hamas. Also, the IDF reported that the military handed over 300 liters of fuel to the Al-Shifa hospital to provide the hospital with electricity, but they are not sure that Hamas fighters did not take this fuel for their own needs. According to the military, when they approached the hospital, a crowd of people in civilian clothes gathered at the entrance started shooting at them with machine guns and grenade launchers.
Military operations are unfolding in another hospital in Gaza – Al-Quds Hospital. Like Al-Shifa, he announced that he was no longer accepting new patients. Employees of the Palestinian branch of the Red Crescent inform that there is heavy fighting around the hospital, and they cannot get there to render aid.
On Monday, the European Union issued a statement condemning Hamas’ policy of using civilians as “human shields.” At the same time, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called on Israel to act as carefully as possible to put civilians at risk as little as possible.
Shelling of Israel from the Gaza Strip continues, albeit to a lesser extent. In addition, they are firing from Lebanon in the north of the Israeli territory. The radical group “Hezbollah” takes responsibility for the shelling. The IDF reported that the smog would destroy a missile installation in southern Lebanon with retaliatory fire.
- According to the latest information from the parties, about 1,400 people, including 23 Russians, died in Israel as a result of the attack by the radical group Hamas, recognized by the USA and the EU as a terrorist group, and more than 11,000 were killed in Israel’s retaliatory strikes on the Gaza Strip. The number of wounded on both sides exceeded thirty thousand people. Hamas continues to hold hostage about 240 people captured on the day of its invasion of Israel.