ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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After US pressure, Israel approves increasing amount of fuel allowed into Gaza

A convoy of trucks carrying fuel and aid drive in Gaza City's Zeitoun district on November 25, 2023, on the second day of a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
A convoy of trucks carrying fuel and aid drive in Gaza City's Zeitoun district on November 25, 2023, on the second day of a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

The Prime Minister’s Office announces that the security cabinet has voted to approve the war cabinet’s proposal to increase the daily amount of fuel allowed into the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the PMO does not say how by how much the delivery will grow, merely saying the additional fuel approved is “the minimal amount needed to prevent a humanitarian collapse and the outbreak of epidemics in the southern Gaza Strip.

“This minimal amount will be determined from time to time by the war cabinet, in accordance with the disease rate and humanitarian conditions in the Strip.”

The security cabinet had reportedly convened, following US pressure, with Washington demanding that the daily delivery of 60,000 liters of fuel be doubled or even tripled.

The Ynet news site says far-right ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir voted against the motion.

Channel 12 news cites unsourced “estimates” that the war cabinet will gradually increase the daily amount from the current 60,000 liters to three times that amount, 180,000 liters, in accordance with the US demand.

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