Fuel supplies for running humanitarian programme in Gaza major concern: UN.

The entry of aid convoys into embattled Gaza is a big step forward but the situation in the enclave remains catastrophic, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), a Rome-based UN agency, said on Monday.

In an interview with UN News, an information website, the agency's Spokesperson Alia Zaki emphasized that shortage of fuel was a major concern. Without it, hospitals and bakeries could simply grind to a halt.

While UN agencies and aid workers were working flat out to get aid in, they were confronted with the need to reduce rations and prioritize the distribution of food and other essentials. she added.

Jerusalem-based Ms. Zaki also stressed the urgent necessity for a humanitarian ceasefire, which would allow aid workers to deliver supplies in safety for both themselves and those in need.

The number of people killed in Gaza has reached 5,087, according to the latest reports from Palestinian authorities there, amid intensifying Israeli airstrikes.

Meanwhile, UN health agency (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a new appeal on Monday for 'sustained safe passage' for medical essentials and fuel to keep health facilities open.

'Lives depend on these decisions,' he insisted on social platform X.

Latest media reports citing the Gaza Ministry of Health indicate that the number of people killed in Gaza since October 7 has risen to 5,087.

Women and children have made up more than 62 per cent of the fatalities, while more than 15,273 people have been injured.

In its latest humanitarian update on the Gaza-Israel crisis, UN humanitarian aid coordination office, OCHA, said that more than 1,000 had been reported missing and 'are presumed to be trapped or dead under the rubble'.

According to Israeli official sources quoted by OCHA, some 1,400 people have been killed in Israel, the vast majority in the Hamas attacks on October 7 which triggered the latest conflict.

OCHA said that the reported fatality toll was 'over threefold the cumulative number of Israelis killed' since it began recording casualties in 2005.

At least 212 Israeli and foreign nationals are being held captive in Gaza, the Israeli authorities have said. Two hostages were released...

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