Israel to transfer diesel fuel to Gaza (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 03.23.12, 00:32)
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Sources in Israel, Strip confirm scheduled transfer of 450,000 liters
of diesel fuel necessary for Gaza power plant
Israel will transfer 450,000 liters of diesel fuel to Gaza Strip
The transfer, scheduled to take place via the Kerem Shalom crossing
is meant to alleviate the grave fuel shortage plaguing the Stirp.
Palestinian sources noted that for the first time the Palestinian
Authority would pay for the fuel supply, following a decision made by
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The fuel infusion would allow the Gaza power plant to operate at full
capacity for the first time in over a month.
Still the quantity of diesel fuel given to Gaza is likely to last for
only a few days.
Nazmi Mhana, director-general of the Palestinian Crossings Authority
noted that Israel´s Dor Alon will be supplying the diesel fuel.
Mhana stressed that Abbas´ decision stemmed from the urgent need to
solve power supply problems to vital Gaza institutions, such as
Israeli source confirmed that the transfer will take place on Friday,
adding that the operation was approved by Coordinator of Government
Activities in the Territories Major-General Eitan Dangot, in view of
the dire situation in Gaza.
The PA said there was an urgent need to resolved the issue of diesel
fuel supply to the Strip and that all the parties involved, namely
the PA, Hamas government in Gaza and Egypt, were working to finalize
Over the past few years, Hamas´ government has been able to
facilitate diesel fuel transfers to the Strip through Gaza´s
smuggling tunnels, but Egypt has put a stop to it in recent months.
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