Israeli army destroyed dozens of fuel stations in Khan Younis: Owners

Ahram Online , Monday 13 May 2024

The Israeli army destroyed dozens of fuel stations in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis during its war on the Strip since October, according to witnesses and station owners who spoke to AWP.

Khan Younis
Widespread destruction seen on the streets of Khan Younis after the Israeli army withdrew from the city: AFP


Palestinians said more than 10 stations along one road have been partially or destroyed, rendering them all out of service.

Fuel station owners and workers said this destruction caused severe harm to consumers who relied on them, as well as increased unemployment in Khan Younis, denying many families their source of income.

“This station used to serve the people and a large segment of the community, including motorists, bus drivers, public transport as well as water pumps and electricity generators,” said Ala Ayyoush as he surveyed the ruins of a station owned by a relative.

Luay, a fuel station worker, said about 300 people used to work at his station, adding that “the occupation forces destroyed everything in it, including the livelihoods of all these unemployed workers. Destruction is everywhere after they burned the station and all its machines.”

On Monday, the health ministry in Gaza said that the besieged Palestinian territory's health system is "hours away" from collapse after Israel blocked fuel shipments through key crossings.

"We are just hours away from the collapse of the health system in the Gaza Strip due to the lack of the necessary fuel to operate generators in hospitals, ambulances, and (for vehicles to) transport staff," the ministry said.

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