Larger hostage deal said held up by fuel demand

The Wall Street Journal reports that talks over the release of 50 hostages holding dual citizenship hit a snag Monday over the issue of fuel deliveries into the Gaza Strip, which Israel opposes.

Thomas White, the Gaza director of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, says the agency has only three days of fuel left for its trucks. Distribution of aid will grind to a halt when it can no longer fuel its trucks, the UN says.

Gaza hospitals are also struggling to keep generators running to power life-saving medical equipment and incubators for premature babies.

However, Israel feels certain that the fuel will be commandeered by Hamas to use for military purposes, as Israel prepares to invade the territory and eliminate the terror group.

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