Israel's COGAT published a humanitarian status report on Monday where it describes the real situation in Gaza. (It is unfortunately not online.)
Hamas possesses fuel reserves, and it is continuing to take control of private fuel reserves as well. The Hamas fuel reserves are variously located around the Gaza Strip, and Hamas is controlling the supply of fuel to hospitals and other vital facilities according to its own interests in a way that creates pressure on the international discourse and leads the public to believe that the Gaza Strip has insufficient fuel.
With Hamas in control of fuel, the water, sewage, and hospital systems are all directly affected.EnergyThe vital facilities of the Gaza Strip depend on the fuel depots controlled by Hamas, which supplies a limited quantity every few days.There is local energy production based on solar farms and on generators powered by private fuel reserves.All the vital facilities — hospitals, desalination plants, wells, and the like — have alternative energy sources.Operations are adjusting their activities in order to preserve energy.FoodFood reserves are sufficient for the near term. There is no food shortage.International organizations are permitted to bring food aid into the Gaza Strip.There is hoarding of food — purchasing at the groceries and hoarding by private parties.Eight major bakeries operate in the southern Gaza Strip. During the past 24 hours, hundreds of tons of flour have been brought to the Gaza Strip's bakeries.HealthA number of options are being weighed, in coordination with representatives of the international community, for the establishment of field hospitals.Hamas has resumed supplying diesel fuel once in 48 hours to the hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip. Not even the hospital directors know when they will receive fuel, or how much. The matter is kept secret among the inner circle of Hamas.All the hospitals have alternative energy sources.At the hospitals, work is affected by the high occupancy and by the weariness of medical staff. Uncertainty regarding fuel for operating the hospitals is also a factor.The hospitals are very full but are functioning.There are people sheltering at the hospitals and they add to the burdens of functioning.The Gaza Strip has a stock of medical supplies available. Hamas manages the stock and decides how to allocate the medical supplies to the hospitals. It even keeps a some of the supplies for itself, while trying to give the false impression of a shortage. The international organizations are preparing a shipment of medicines, and we will give its entry priority.WaterThere is no water shortage in the Gaza Strip as of this writing.Most of the drinking water in Gaza was provided from within the Gaza Strip. Only about 10% of the water came from Israel. Over the past two weeks, we have opened two water lines from Israel — Birkat Sa'id and Bani Suheila — and they provide water to hundreds of thousands of residents in the central and southern Gaza Strip.One of the water lines was damaged by a mortar shell from Hamas. The damage was repaired and the supply of water has been renewed.
How do we know that this is not propaganda? Because the information out of Gaza has consistently been shown to be lies. The health ministry has announced that hospitals are hours away from running out of fuel for weeks, and yet they still function.
huge water treatment plants have been built, that also rely on solar energy, tha have turned around the major water problems Gaza had years ago. We know that no one has ever starved in Gaza even after years of such warnings.
Israel has consistently provided accurate information. Hamas consistently lies. And news media consistently treats Israel's statements as suspect and Hamas' statements as gospel.
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