fuel tank 224.88.
(photo credit: Courtesy www.huriyett.com)
A financial dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is upholding the
transfer of fuel from Israel to the Gaza Strip for the operation of the power
plant there, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The mechanism under which
fuel is transferred to the Gaza Strip is slightly convoluted and involves Hamas
transferring funds to the PA in Ramallah, which then orders the fuel from the
Dor Alon company which transfers it into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing. The
whole process is overseen by the office of the Coordinator of Government
Activities in the Territories (COGAT).
According to data obtained by the
and confirmed by Israeli defense officials, since September
25 one of the
two turbines at the Gaza power plant has been disabled due to a fuel
that began a few days earlier. Since September 23, only 0.35 million
industrial fuel have been delivered to Gaza. Usually, during this time
1.7 million liters is transferred.
As a result, scheduled power outages
ranging between 8-12 hours are being imposed all over the Gaza
Israeli defense officials rejected claims by Hamas officials that
the shortage in fuel was a result of Israeli policy over the Succot
“This is a result of the dispute between Hamas and the PA over
money,” one defense official said. “It is another example of how Hamas
The current dispute revolves around an argument over the
amount Hamas needs to transfer to the PA. Hamas has transferred a total
43.7 million since the beginning of the month while the PA is demanding