Petition against Gaza fuel cuts rejected

Gasoline supply to remain at reduced rate of 230,000 liters a week but diesel fuel levels to be restored.

January 3, 2008 18:05
Petition against Gaza fuel cuts rejected

gaza fuel cut 224.88. (photo credit: AP [file])

The High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected a petition by human rights groups to issue an injunction against the continued cuts in fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip. A panel of judges, led by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, accepted the state's claims that there were no humanitarian obstacles posed by reducing the supply of gasoline to 230 thousand liters a week. In its response to the petition, the state had said that part of the gasoline supplied to Gaza was used by terror groups in the Strip. Nevertheless, the state announced that in accordance with a humanitarian survey it had conducted, it would renew the supply of diesel fuel to the level that preceded the cutbacks. The High Court decision comes a month after it approved the first stage of fuel cuts to Gaza. In its December 25 decision, the court also sharply criticized the state for providing incorrect information regarding its plans to reduce the amount of electricity it supplies to the Gaza Strip.

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