Propoganda Wars - Israel Releases Photos Of Massive Hamas Fuel Stockpiles
By David Isaac/JNS.orgOctober 27, 2023
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Israeli authorities released on Tuesday aerial images of Hamas storage tanks in the Gaza Strip containing at least half a million liters of fuel, stressing that questions regarding fuel shortages should be addressed to the Islamist group and not Jerusalem.
"Near the Rafah border crossing to Egypt, Hamas owns fuel tanks, containing hundreds of thousands of liters of fuel. Please refer the ones complaining about no fuel in Gaza to Hamas," the Israeli Defense Ministry's Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit tweeted.
"Hamas has fuel. Hamas has quite a lot of fuel," IDF spokesman Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan Conricus told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "And they can decide where to use that fuel.
"And I find it strikingly absent from the discussion ... what is Hamas doing with the resources that it has? It's only about Israel and Egypt and international organizations. What about Hamas? Why aren't questions posed to Hamas: 'Why don't you use some of the fuel you have stockpiled and hoarded in advance of this situation and use it for the civilians?'"
In a separate interview with TIMES NOW, an English-language Indian news outlet, Conricus said, "We are not obliged to provide any aid to an enemy entity that uses all the energy and resources it has to kill our civilians and fight us."
Conricus reiterated that Hamas has stockpiled fuel and water that it could provide to hospitals. He also noted that out of "compassion and understanding," Israel has set up a humanitarian zone in the south of the Strip and allowed aid to flow to Palestinian civilians.
Some have questioned Israel's decision to allow goods to enter the Gaza Strip, particularly as Hamas still holds more than 200 hostages taken during its Oct. 7 massacre, and aid for civilians in the past has been systematically diverted to the terrorist group. Even UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, has been described as an extension of Hamas.
Kobi Michael, senior researcher at Tel Aviv's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), who co-authored a 2020 report on UNRWA, told JNS in 2021 that "UNRWA is a very problematic organization. It is fully controlled by Hamas. Hamas uses the facilities of UNRWA for weapons storage and to launch rockets. All of the local employees of UNRWA are Hamas people. Nobody's allowed to work in UNRWA without the permission of Hamas."
On Tuesday, UNRWA posted on social media that without fuel, it will have to half all of its operations in the Gaza Strip as of Wednesday night.
The Israel Defense Forces responded to the message with an aerial photograph that showed 12 large white vats lined up in two rows.
"These fuel tanks are inside Gaza. They contain more than 500,000 liters of fuel," the IDF posted. "Ask Hamas if you can have some." (That volume is about 132,000 gallons.)
On Oct. 23, U.S. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said during the department's press briefing that "the humanitarian organizations that are operating inside Gaza to distribute the humanitarian assistance that we have flowing in from Rafah need to have the ability to do so; they need fuel to be able to do so.
"Fuel is important for the desalination of water; it's important to the provision of medical care," he added. "The Israelis do have legitimate concerns about the diversion of any fuel to Hamas. You can understand why they would be concerned about that."
On Oct. 16, UNRWA wrote in a since-deleted social media post that "a group of people with trucks purporting to be from the ministry of health of the de facto authorities in Gaza [Hamas] removed fuel and medical equipment from the agency's compound in Gaza City."
The IDF on Thursday also provided audio evidence that Hamas is forcibly preventing Palestinians from heeding Israeli orders to evacuate to the south of the Gaza Strip.
The recording features an officer in IDF Military Intelligence Directorate's Unit 504 and a Gazan civilian speaking about the latter's attempt to temporarily relocate from the northern part of the Strip ahead of an expected major Israel ground operation intended to destroy the Hamas terrorist organization.
In the call, the IDF officer tells Muhammad that to "ensure your personal safety, I'm asking you to urgently go towards Khan Younis" in the south.
The Gazan says in response that "all the roads are blocked."
When asked if Hamas is blocking the roads, he answers in the affirmative, saying that Hamas was preventing passage south through Salah al-Din Road, the main north-south highway running through the Gaza Strip.
Hamas is sending drivers back in harm's way in the north by placing vehicles on the road.
"They are shooting at people," the Gazan civilian says.
Originally published at JNS.org - reposted with permission.