Gaza taxi drivers forced to mix cooking oil into fuel

Taxi drivers in the south of the Gaza Strip are having to mix cooking oil with light diesel oil to power their vehicles, due to the severe fuel shortage.

In the city of Rafah, taxi operators are struggling to serve the many people who have fled to the city to escape the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Donkey-driven wagons are now being used to transport people, as there are fewer taxis on the roads.

Footage shot by NHK cameraman Salam Abu Tahoun in Rafah on Monday afternoon shows taxi drivers pouring sunflower oil into their diesel vehicles.

The cooking oil is being sold as fuel for cars by roadside vendors.

This is concerning for some local people, as fuel containing cooking oil produces more exhaust fumes.