The New York Times reported on Friday that Arab and Western officials agree with Israeli assertions that Hamas is hoarding food, fuel, and other resources.
This is happening as Gaza’s 2 million residents are left “scraping by with what little food and water they scrounge up.”
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to protect intelligence sources, claimed that Hamas has been constructing dozens of kilometers of tunnels beneath the Gaza Strip and stocking them with supplies for a protracted conflict.
According to them, Hamas is in possession of hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel, ammunition, explosives, food, water, and medication.
Hamas has enough weapons on hand, according to a senior Lebanese official, to fight for three to four months without resupply.
“Yet with Gazans facing a humanitarian catastrophe, Hamas’s stockpiles raise questions about what responsibility, if any, it has to the civilian population,” the Times stated.
Israel has argued that Hamas is to blame for the Gazan populace and resisted suggestions that it should permit the entry of fuel. “The Gaza Strip’s ruling party, Hamas, ought to take action in response to hospitals’ warnings that they are out of fuel.
They have enough fuel to power hospitals’ critical equipment and pump water. Priorities,” wrote Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus on Twitter on October 26.
Much like when the U.N. When the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced on social media that, as of October 25, it would have to cut back on its operations in the Gaza Strip due to a lack of fuel, the Israel Defense Forces responded by publishing an overhead photo showing 12 enormous white vats arranged in two rows.
“Gaza is where these fuel tanks are. The IDF reported that they hold more than 500,000 liters of fuel. You should “ask Hamas if you can have some.” An Egyptian strategic expert who specializes in the Gaza Strip, Samir Ghattas, told the Times that it was unlikely that Hamas would share its resources since “the Hamas movement thinks exclusively about the Hamas movement.
The Gazan populace has little significance for Hamas.