Hamas keeps fuel from aid agency


Hamas gunmen prevented Palestinian fuel trucks from filling up at the Nahal Oz border crossing.


The trucks turned back without the fuel, that was supposed to go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and to Gaza hospitals, the Jerusalem Post reported Sunday, quoting sources in the Palestinian Petroleum Authority.


Israel agreed over the weekend to provide the Palestinian Petroleum Authority with 250,000 additional liters of fuel to enable it to distribute food aid in the Gaza Strip.

The Post reported that Hamas members had confiscated fuel-laden trucks as they headed to Gaza City at least four times in the last several weeks. Palestinian Authority officials accuse Hamas of trying to create a fuel crisis in order to cause the international community to pressure Israel to open border crossings.

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