Israel allows UN trucks with humanitarian supplies into Gaza to be refueled

Israel says it will allow UN trucks carrying humanitarian supplies into the Gaza Strip to be refueled.

Israel has refused to deliver fuel into Gaza, claiming it could be used for military purposes by the Islamic group Hamas. The fuel shortage has triggered a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

An Israeli organization which coordinates matters with the Palestinian side announced that UN trucks transporting humanitarian aid into southern Gaza will be refueled on Wednesday at the Rafah crossing on the border with Egypt.

It said this follows a request from the US administration and is being done in coordination with the relevant security authorities.

The announcement on social media on Wednesday came amid growing international criticism about the humanitarian crisis.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA, had pleaded for delivery of fuel, saying it could be forced to halt its activity as early as Wednesday.

This may have prompted Israel to allow a limited amount of fuel into Gaza, for the first time since clashes with Hamas began.

Reuters reports the delivered fuel will likely not be used for hospitals in Gaza, making it unclear whether the humanitarian situation there will be improved.