Telecom services have been partially restored in the Gaza Strip after the entry of a limited quantity of fuel through UNRWA, Gaza’s main telecommunications companies Paltel and Jawwal said in a statement on Friday.
Some 17,000 liters (about 4,500 gallons) of fuel entered Gaza Friday through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, a Palestinian border official said, the first shipment since Israel’s war cabinet said it would allow regular deliveries.
The Palestinian official said the fuel was “for the telecommunications company” Paltel, which on Thursday confirmed a total communications blackout in Gaza after it ran out of fuel.
Israel imposed a strict blockade on all goods entering Hamas-controlled Gaza when it launched a military campaign in response to the Palestinian militant group’s Oct. 7 rampage, in which its fighters killed 1,200 people and took 240 hostages.
More than 12,000 Palestinians, including 5,000 children have been killed in retaliatory Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since October 7, the Gaza Press Office said Friday.