Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza
Rafah border between Egypt and GazaAbed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

Israel's war cabinet has unanimously approved a suggestion by the IDF and Shin Bet to accede to the US pressure to allow fuel into Gaza.

Following this, two containers of fuel will be allowed into Gaza per day, to provide for "UN needs and support for water and sewage infrastructure," a diplomatic source said.

The source explained that "this action provides Israel with the ability to continue the international coordination necessary to eliminate Hamas."

He insisted, "The containers will be transferred through the Rafah Crossing, by means of the United Nations, to the civilian population in southern Gaza, so long as they do not reach Hamas."

"This action is intended, among other things, to support water, sewage, and sanitary systems in a basic fashion, so as to avoid the spread of plagues which are liable to spread to the entire area, harming both the residents of the Strip and our forces, and spread even within Israel," he said.

Earlier this week, Israel permitted fuel to enter Gaza, for the first time since the October 7 massacre perpetrated by Hamas and a large number of Gazan civilians.

Previously, Israel had

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.

On Sunday, 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.

At the beginning of the month, NBC News reported that the Hamas terrorist organization, which rules Gaza, 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.

On October 9, two days after the bloody massacre which left 1,200 dead and saw terrorists abduct nearly 240 Israelis and visitors, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (Likud) promised that, "Gaza will be under complete closure. There will be no electricity, food or fuel [delivered to Gaza]."

"We are fighting barbaric [terrorists] and will respond accordingly."

Minister Ben-Gvir denounced the move, saying "The IDF is leading a failed conceptualisation of the situation. As long as there are hostages in captivity, it makes no sense to give the enemy even 'humanitarian' concessions."

Minister Smotrich commented "Delivering fuel to Gaza projects weakness and breathes life into the enemy." Smotrich has written to the Prime Minister in light of the report, demanding to be added to the war cabinet.