With many critics of Israel insisting the Jewish state supply fuel to Gaza, NBC News is reporting what had been widely suspected: Despite the risk to their citizens in Gaza hospitals, Hamas is hoarding fuel so it can keep its terrorists in underground tunnels from having to rise to the surface.
“Hamas is stockpiling 200,000 gallons of fuel to supply rockets and support electricity for its elaborate network of underground tunnels. This as hospitals and relief organizations in Gaza warn they’re perilously low on fuel,” NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander reported on Thursday morning.
NBC News: Hamas is stockpiling 200,000 gallons of fuel to supply rockets and support electricity for its elaborate network of underground tunnels. This as hospitals and relief organizations in Gaza warn they’re perilously low on fuel.https://t.co/otBxYjkW4P
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) November 2, 2023
Instead of crying wolf, humanitarian organizations in Gaza should demand Hamas provide them with fuel and supplies. Hamas has stockpiled fuel to use for fighting Israel instead of powering water pumps and hospitals for Gazans. As spoken on @NewsNation pic.twitter.com/mAlGlKeODB
— Jonathan Conricus (@jconricus) October 25, 2023
Hamas’ lack of concern for the fate of civilians in Gaza has been demonstrated in various ways. The terrorist organization routinely stations its command centers in civilian areas so any Israeli attack would engender condemnation. On Wednesday, Ynet reported that Hamas pushed roughly 100 women and children forward to serve as human barriers near Jabaliya as soldiers of the Givati Infantry Brigade fought Hamas’s elite Force 17.
As far back as March 2019, Hamas turned on Palestinians protesting the terrorist group’s draconian rule over Gaza. At that time, The New York Times admitted that a 19-year-old vendor who joined “the peaceful protests in the Jabaliya refugee camp” said that security forces from Hamas beat and punched him. “The second day, he was detained and held for five days, during which he said he was slapped, beaten and deprived of food,” The Times added.
The Times continued:
Hamas security forces moved quickly to quell the protests that brought hundreds of people into the streets in at least four camps and towns across Gaza this month to demand better living conditions.
The security forces beat demonstrators, raided homes and detained organizers, journalists and participants, about 1,000 people in all. Along with the uniformed officers, masked, plainclothes Hamas enforcers armed with pistols, batons and wooden rods attacked the protesters, according to witnesses, and prevented journalists and human rights workers from documenting the events. Since then, many Gazans say they have been living under a pall of fear — not of Israel this time but of Hamas.
In 2014, The Atlantic noted, “Hamas Quietly Admits It Fired Rockets from Civilian Areas.” One year later, the New York Post stated, “Hamas stored mortars and other weapons in at least three U.N. schools during last summer’s war and fired rockets at Israel from two of them.”