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Fuel Flows Back Into Gaza After Israeli War Cabinet Decision



The first delivery of fuel arrived in Gaza Friday after Israel’s war cabinet bowed to diplomatic pressure to let diesel back into the war-torn Palestinian territory, where aid schemes are shut down amid critical shortages.

As fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers rages for six weeks, the United Nations has warned hospitals, drinking water and sewage facilities are grinding to a halt as fuel reserves run dry.

Tzachi Hanegbi, national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel’s war cabinet agreed “to provide two tankers of fuel a day” after a “special request” from Washington.

Hanegbi said the fuel would be used to “operate the sewage and water systems run by UNRWA”, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

“We took that decision to prevent the spread of epidemics. We don’t need epidemics that will harm civilians or our fighters. If there are epidemics, the fighting will stop,” he said.

Late Friday, a Palestinian border official said the first shipment of 17,000 litres of fuel had entered through the Rafah crossing with Egypt.

The official said it was “for the telecommunications company” Paltel, to ease a Gaza-wide communications blackout after the firm ran out of fuel on Thursday.

A senior US official said Washington had put huge pressure on Israel to ease its fuel blockade and avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.

Some 70,000 litres will enter every day under the deal, the US official said, but UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said Friday the territory needs 200,000 litres a day.

Israel cut off all fuel supplies to Gaza after October 7, when Hamas militants surged over the border and killed 1,200 — mostly civilians — according to Israel.

In retaliation, Israel launched bombardments and a ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza, where the Islamist movement says 12,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed.

This week Israel allowed a first shipment for UNRWA’s delivery trucks, but the agency said drivers did not have enough fuel to reach the border and fill their tanks.

Elad Goren, spokesman for COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, accused Hamas of “exaggerating fuel shortages, especially at the hospitals”.

Earlier this week, UNRWA said 70 percent of Gaza’s population of 2.4 million people no longer had access to clean water in southern Gaza, where raw sewage had started to flow on the streets as pumps shut down.

UNRWA’s Gaza director Thomas White said aid operations were “being strangled of resources to serve people in need”.

But Goren said Israel would not limit aid deliveries. “We are getting a list from the UN. We are not limiting the number. If tomorrow they will give us a list of 500 trucks 500 trucks will move,” he said.



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Fuel Tanker Explodes At Ojota



A diesel tanker went up in flames at the Ojota inward interchange in the early hours of Monday morning.

The incident was confirmed by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), via X(formerly Twitter) where it stated that its personnel had been deployed to the scene.

There’s a burning Tanker at Ojota inward interchange.@LagosRescue and LASTMA officials are all at the scene to do the needful.
Patience required from road users.#FollowLASTMA@followlasg@Sola_Giwa@TrafficChiefNG@Gidi_Traffic

— LASTMA (@followlastma) December 4, 2023

At the time of this report, the cause of the explosion as well as the level of casualty remains unknown.

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service also confirmed the incident adding that the flames had been brought under control.

“Situation in Ojota is under control as the peddler truck conveying Diesel inward Ketu that went on flame has been extinguished,” the post on X read.

Situation in Ojota is under control as the peddler truck conveying Diesel inward Ketu that went on flame has been extinguished.


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Just In: Many Feared Dead As Jet Reportedly Bombs Kaduna Village



Many have been reportedly killed in an air strike carried out by the Nigerian Air Force at Tudun Biri village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The incident is said to have occurred around 9pm on Sunday, when villagers gathered for Maulud celebration.

Although the Air force is yet to confirm the attack, a source in the community told our correspondent that the villagers were mistakenly bombed in the air strike with the intention that they were bandits who were migrating from neighboring Zamfara State to camp in Tudun Biri village.

The source further stated that the incident has created panic within the area as many residents have fled from the community to neighbouring villages for fear of being caught in more bomb attacks.

Following the incident, an emergency security meeting has been convened by the Kaduna State government . The meeting which is being chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, has in attendance the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Garrison commander of the one mechanized division of the Nigerian Army, the Kaduna State Commissioner of police and the overseer of Kaduna State ministry of internal security and home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.


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‘Tinubu Won’t Tolerate Killer Herders’ – Sunday Igboho Replies Miyetti Allah




Yoruba nation activist Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, said on Sunday that President Bola Tinubu will not allow lawlessness that led to herders killing farmers under the immediate past administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Igboho cautioned herders against the thought of further attacks on farmers in the Southwest.

He remarked in reaction to a comment by the national president of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, who dismissed his recent quit notice to Fulani herders to vacate the Southwest.

In October, Igboho had given Fulani herders seven days to vacate the Southwest.

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However, Bodejo had condemned the ultimatum issued by Igboho in a recent interview.

Igboho, in his reaction, described Bodejo as a “mere attention seeker.” He insisted that Nigeria’s Constitution does not support mindless killings of farmers, rape of their wives, and destruction of farmlands.

In a statement he signed, Igboho said: “Some alleged killer Fulani herders must be stopped from re-igniting tension and an atmosphere of insecurity in any part of Nigeria, most especially in the agrarian communities and settlements in Yorubaland, by the security agencies.

“It is imperative for the Miyetti Allah group to be conscious of the fact that the acts of lawlessness permeated under former President Muhammadu Buhari will not hold sway under the immediate incumbent President Bola Tinubu.

“It is glaring that Bodejo is merely seeking undue recognition through his unjustifiable position on the carnage by his fellow Fulani herders, which had caused untold hardship for small and large-scale farmers, even in the North and more prominently in the South, where they often move their cattle to graze farms and destroy cash crops.

“It will do them a lot of good to perish the thought of unprovoked attacks on farmers, particularly in the South West, where we have lost many innocent farmers. Relevant security agencies and the people will not allow them to further compound the woes of the common man.”


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