Report: Egypt announces decision to send fuel to Gaza

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February 18, 2012 10:38

 
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The head of Egypt's parliamentary industry and energy committee announced Saturday that Egypt has decided to provide fuel for the Gaza Strip's lone power plant, after fuel shortages and a dispute with smugglers from Egypt forced the plants shutdown and caused rolling blackouts.

According to Palestinian Ma'an news agency, the quantities of fuel include 500 thousand liters of fuel for the power plant, and an additional 100 liters of fuel for vehicles.

Fuel shortages in Egypt had prompted smugglers to demand prices higher than Gazans were ready to pay, according to Ma'an.

AFP reported that Egyptian authorities had upped their crackdown on the smuggling of fuel to the Strip, which relies on its own power plant for up to a third of energy in the coastal enclave.

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