Hamas Blockades Itself (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 03/21/12)
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Hamas has refused to accept fuel from Israel and now is coping with a
deepening economic crisis by offering free lifts to workers.
The de facto Hamas government in Gaza ordered civil servants to offer
rides to people during daytime work hours in order to survive the
self-imposed lack of fuel.
In addition, Hamas cut in half the fuel allowances for its 1,800
official cars, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma´an news agency.
Hamas ministers said the lack of fuel is due to the alleged Israeli
blockade, which has in effect been lifted on all materials not used
for terrorist activities, but the local administration has refused
Israelís offers to continue fuel shipments.
The Gaza government also turned its fury on the rival Fatah-led
Palestinian Authority based in Ramallah, accusing it of stopping the
European Union from funding a power station in Gaza.
In the meantime, Hamas remains dependent on Egypt, which is dominated
by the Muslim Brotherhood of which Hamas is an offspring.
One benefactor of the fuel shortage is the tunnel smuggling industry
and Hamas, which imposes heavy taxes on fuel and merchandise brought
into Gaza from Egypt via the tunnels. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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