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UNRWA: Cutting off fuel supplies to Gaza collective punishment

July 2, 2012

Tuesday, November 11. 2008
GAZA,(PIC)– Sami Misha’sha’, the UNRWA spokesman in Gaza, has criticized the use of fuel as a political pressure card by the Zionist government against the Gaza Strip.

He said in a press release on Monday that such measures as cutting fuel supplies constitute a form of collective punishment and “the Israelis have no right to decide the fate of such a large number of Palestinian inhabitants just to send a political message”.

The director said that his Agency supplied limited quantities of fuel to Gaza hospitals, after the Israeli occupation authority’s cutting off of fuel, to retain power supply badly needed in hospitals.

He warned that prolonged fuel cut off would carry negative impacts on humanitarian services in the Strip.

UNRWA depends on fuel to maintain its humanitarian role, to distribute its assistance and to run its mobile and other clinics, he said, noting that information was leaked that the IOA might resume supplying limited fuel quantities on Tuesday.

He stressed that even such quantities would not provide solutions to humanitarian problems in the Strip as a result of the shortage of fuel in all sectors.

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