Israel to Transfer Diesel to Gaza (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/23/12)
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Israel will transfer 450 thousand liters of industrial diesel to Gaza
on Friday for the Gaza power station.
The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has reportedly purchased the
fuel from the Israeli Dor Alon company and it will enter Gaza through
the Kerem Shalom crossing. The Coordinator of Government Activities
in Yesha, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, has agreed to open the crossing on
Friday, when it is normally closed, for the purpose of transferring
The shortage of fuel in Gaza caused a power crisis that triggered
lengthy blackouts in Hamas-run Gaza last month.
The outages started in mid-February, leaving households with just six
hours of electricity a day, and provoking widespread criticism of
Hamas in the coastal enclave.
Egypt and Hamas had reached an agreement on fuel transfer, but the
agreement was delayed because of a disagreement over the route the
promised fuel would make into Gaza.
Egypt reportedly wanted to stop the passage of fuel through tunnels
under the border between Gaza and Egypt, but the official Rafah
terminal is not equipped for goods transfers.
The only alternative route for the fuel was through Israel and then
back into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom terminal, but Gaza’s Hamas
rulers were reluctant to transfer the fuel through Israel, claiming
Israel “severely restricts” the movement of people and goods from
Gaza. Hamas changed its mind on this issue on Thursday, making the
Earlier it was reported that the fuel shortage in Gaza is expected to
reach crisis proportions within a few days.
Despite Hamas’ claims of a humanitarian crisis caused by Israel’s
blockade on Gaza, Israel allows various goods to enter the area and
also allows for the exporting of agricultural products, such as
strawberries and carnations, from Gaza to Europe, as part of an
extensive project financed by the Dutch government.
Despite the recent rocket barrage from Gaza, Israel kept open the
Erez Crossing for passengers and employees of international
organizations operating in Gaza. Kerem Shalom was open for the
delivery of 200 truckloads to Gaza residents. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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