Gazans arrange gas cylinders at gas filling station R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority Friday for colluding with the
Mossad to exacerbate the Gaza energy crisis, just as a deal was reached
between Israel, Egypt and the PA to deliver emergency fuel supplies to
the Gaza Strip.
Hamas spokesperson Musheer Al-Masry claimed that
the Gaza-ruling group had obtained Egyptian records that documented
meetings between Palestinian officials from Ramallah, Mossad agents,
US intelligence officials, and Arab security agencies, according to
Hamas affiliate Al-Resalah.
Masry said the documents help show
that Israel bears the chief responsibility for the energy crisis, and
that the Palestinian Authority was "directly involved" in making the
Masry's comments came as 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
Initially Hamas did not want to accept the diesel if it was delivered through Israel, but later relented.
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.
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.
fuel crisis has crippled Gaza in recent weeks. Petrol pumps have run
dry and its 1.7 million residents suffer major electricity black outs.
Many locals have accused Hamas of mismanaging the situation, relying
too heavily on smuggled fuel, which it taxes heavily, rather than
seeking alternative sources of energy via legal channels on which it
could not impose levies.The Egyptian envoy to the Palestinian territories, Yasser Othman, said Wednesday a project was underway to link Gaza's power grid with Egypt in a development that would provide "real relief" for the energy crisis.