Gaza electrical station stops operating

Financial dispute between Hamas, PA causes cut in fuel supply.

August 7, 2010 13:56
File photo - Palestinians stand near a generator d

Gaza blackout 311. (photo credit: AP)

An electrical power station in the Gaza Strip stopped operating due to lack of fuel, Israel Radio reported Saturday.

A financial dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority caused the lack of fuel supply, the station's manager said.

The PA is unable to purchase fuel since Hamas is not transferring funds from the taxes it takes from electricity users.

The station supplies one third of the electricity used in Gaza.

Israel Radio reported that every several months the dispute repeats itself since the PA delays the transfer of funds to Hamas in order to pressure the terror organization to transfer money from taxes collected, which the PA then buys fuel with.

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