Israeli army spokesman claimed half a million liters of diesel held by Hamas in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Palestine
Gaza’s government on Wednesday dismissed as a “lie” Israeli claims of tanks of fuel being held by Hamas in the blockaded enclave.
“This lie shows how narrow-minded the Israeli army spokesman is and unable to make believable claims,” the government media office said in a statement.
Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee on Tuesday issued photos of what he said were fuel tanks held by Hamas in Gaza. The photos showed a location near the Rafah crossing in the south Gaza Strip.
“This is what over half a million liters of diesel looks like, while Hamas keeps claiming it does not have enough fuel to support hospitals and bakeries,” Adraee said on social media platform X.
On Tuesday, the Israeli army rejected calls by the UN Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, to allow fuel shipments into Gaza.
Israel launched a relentless bombardment campaign on the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas into Israeli territory on Oct. 7.
More than 7,900 people have been killed in the conflict, including at least 6,546 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis.
Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been running out of food, water, medicines and fuel, and aid convoys allowed into Gaza have carried only a fraction of what is needed.