UN warns Gaza blockade could force it to sharply cut relief missions as Israeli bombings rise
October 26, 2023
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - The U.N. warned Wednesday that it is on the verge of running out of fuel in the Gaza Strip, forcing it to sharply curtail relief efforts in the territory blockaded and devastated by Israeli airstrikes since Hamas militants launched an attack on Israel more than two weeks ago.
The warning came as hospitals in Gaza struggled to treat masses of wounded with dwindling resources. Meanwhile, the U.N.'s top official faced backlash from Israel after saying the Hamas massacre that sparked the fighting did not ''take place in a vacuum.''
Health officials said the death toll was soaring as Israeli jets pounded Gaza. Workers pulled dead and wounded civilians, including many children, out of landscapes of rubble in cities across the territory.