Rafah in Gaza, near the Egyptian border
Rafah in Gaza, near the Egyptian borderAbed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

The Hamas terrorist organization which rules the Gaza Strip is stockpiling 200,000 gallons of fuel for use in rockets to be fired at Israeli civilians while hospitals in the coastal enclave face a fuel shortage, NBC News reported Thursday.

United Nations officials have warned that many civilian and humanitarian facilities in Gaa are in danger of running out of fuel.

The Turkish Palestinian Friendship Hospital, Gaza's only hospital for cancer patients, has reportedly already shut down due to the lack of fuel.

On October 16, UNRWA, the United Nations organization for the descendants of the Arab refugees from Israel's War of Independence in 1948, reported that Hamas terrorists stole fuel and medical supplies from one of its facilities in Gaza. The post reporting the theft was subsequently deleted.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the Senate on Tuesday that Hamas has been hoarding its large fuel supplies and refusing to share the supplies with hospitals which need fuel to continue to function.

“Hamas has its own supply stockpile of fuel,” Blinken said. “If it cared a whit about the people of Gaza, it would make sure itself that it used that fuel to have the hospitals be able to operate the incubators, stay turned on, etc. But, of course, it doesn’t.”

The IDF on Wednesday released an intercepted call between Hamas commanders in which they admitted that Hamas was stealing fuel from Gazan hospitals.

Israel has blocked deliveries of fuel to Gaza due to the expectation that Hamas will seize the fuel and it will be put to military use rather than its intended humanitarian use. Other humanitarian aid has been allowed into Gaza.