Aid trucks entering Gaza (archive)
Aid trucks entering Gaza (archive)Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

For the first time since the Hamas attack on October 7, Israel has given approval for 24,000 liters of diesel fuel to enter the Gaza Strip in order to be used by trucks for UNRWA operations, a humanitarian source told Reuters on Tuesday.

The source stressed that the fuel is only intended for UN trucks, and not for hospitals. The source added that the United States pressured the UN to accept the fuel.

The fuel is expected to enter the Strip as soon as Wednesday.

The decision was made after UNRWA announced on Tuesday that the fuel reserves in its possession have run out and, as a result, the organization has been forced to stop its humanitarian operations in the Gaza Strip.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories clarified that the trucks will be fueled at the Rafah crossing and that no fuel will enter the Gaza Strip. It added that the move will be made possible "following the request of the American government and in coordination with the security officials in charge of the issue."

Earlier this month, the IDF released a recording that shows how Hamas takes gas from hospitals at the expense of the humanitarian needs of Gaza residents.

Over the weekend, the IDF coordinated the transfer of fuel for urgent medical use to the Shifa Hospital. Later, the IDF received evidence that Hamas officials prevented the hospital from receiving the fuel.