Israel resumes fuel shipments to Gaza

Officials say 8 truckloads have gone through; earlier IDF said terminal would not reopen due to attack.

nahal oz truck 224 88 (photo credit: AP)
nahal oz truck 224 88
(photo credit: AP)
Israeli and Palestinian officials said Israel resumed fuel shipments to Gaza on Wednesday after a weeklong cutoff. Mahmoud Khuzandar, deputy director of the Gaza fuel station owners' association, said a total of eight truckloads of fuel have been pumped into Gaza. He said half was cooking oil and the other half was diesel fuel for Gaza's only power plant. A defense official said Israel sent fuel only for the power plant. The Nahal Oz fuel terminal was shut last week after Palestinian terrorists attacked it and killed two Israeli workers. The IDF said earlier in the day that the terminal would not be reopened because of a Palestinian ambush nearby that left three soldiers dead. It was unclear why the decision was reversed. While Israel has progressively reduced the gas supply to the Gaza Strip in order to pressure the Hamas leaders into ending rocket attacks against the western Negev, the supply was completely cut off following the shooting attack at Nahal Oz.