The United Nations on Thursday stopped distributing food to Palestinian refugees in Gaza because its vehicles have run out of fuel following an Israeli blockade, a UN official said.
The official, Adnan Abu Hasna, said 700,000 Palestinians who depend on the UN for basic food packets, won't be getting them. He said the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) used the last of its fuel on Thursday. That forced it to stop distribution.
Abu Hasna, the UNRWA spokesman, said that without fuel for its vehicles, the agency could not bring new shipments to its warehouses or distribute it to needy Palestinians.
As of Thursday evening, he said, "all of our regular food operations have stopped because of the fuel shortage." There was no immediate Israeli comment about the UNRWA move.
No doubt there are already those ready to flood a river with crocodile tears but hold the hankies - there is more –
There is some fuel stored in Gaza - but a local strike by distributors means it is not reaching the public. Palestinian distributors have been refusing to pick up about a million liters that Israel pumped earlier this month into the Palestinian side of the border fuel depot, saying the quantity is insufficient.Imagine the inadequacy of a free ride. Of course, perhaps it would be easier on the average Palestinian if Hamas wasn’t in the habit of commandeering whatever it needed from wherever.
And another thing. Just how is it that Gazan Palestinians are still being referred to as "refugees" - now that is what I call an abuse of status. Are we really expected to believe Gazan Palestinians qualify as bona fide refugees...from what - Palestinian statehood?