Israel continues to send gas and fuel to Gaza despite escalation -Hanegbi

"This is the worst attack in Gaza since Tzuk Eitan [Operation Protective Edge]."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
May 5, 2019 13:58
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AN AERIAL VIEW shows a foundation platform of Leviathan natural gas field, in the Mediterranean Sea

AN AERIAL VIEW shows a foundation platform of Leviathan natural gas field, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Haifa. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/POOL VIA REUTERS)

Israel has continued to send fuel and gas to Gaza despite the continued escalation in Gaza, according to Likud Minister Tzachi Hanegbi on Sunday.

"Despite the security tensions, Israel allows fuel and gas to enter the Gaza Strip," Hanegbi also said in an interview with Army Radio Sunday morning.

Gaza has been under a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt  since 2007, after Hamas seized control of the strip. Since then, the enclave has experienced major fuel, gas and energy shortages. Recently Gaza has reached slightly more stable conditions with 16 hours of electricity a day, where at times it had only four. Israel is responsible for a major portion of Gazan electricity, providing more than half of Gazan electricity as of April 2019, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The remainder of electricity comes from Gaza's power plant.

"This is the worst attack in Gaza since Tzuk Eitan [Operation Protective Edge]," Hanegbi also said.

Hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since Saturday. In retaliation, Israel has struck over a hundred Hamas targets.

"We have no interest in a broader battle," the Likud minister continued. "Deterrence is a hollow elusive concept but is the only thing that keeps us from daily war."


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