Fuel crosses from Israel to ease Gaza fuel crisis

By REUTERS
March 23, 2012 13:29

Israel allowed nine fuel tankers to cross into the Gaza Strip on Friday to ease a severe power shortage triggered by a dispute over supplies between Egypt and Hamas.

The delivery of around 450,000 liters of industrial diesel was the first to Gaza's only power station coming via Israel in almost a year after Hamas softened on its resistance to accepting supplies from its Jewish neighbor.

The fuel is enough to power the plant, which serves two thirds of Gaza's population, for one day, an official from Gaza's energy authority said.

A Palestinian official said contacts were under way to arrange an additional delivery on Friday.

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