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Small amounts of Israeli fuel reaching Gaza
Small amounts of Israeli fuel entering Gaza, only barely easing power crisis
By The Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ' Officials say small amounts of Israeli fuel are coming into the Gaza Strip, easing an energy crisis provoked by a cutoff of Egyptian fuel.

Brig. Gen. Nazmi Muhana, who is head of the Palestinian Authority border agency in the West Bank, and Israeli military spokesman Maj. Guy Inbar said fuel started flowing through an Israeli crossing on Friday.

Gaza health official Adham Abu Salmia says supplies are enough to power the territory's only electricity plant for a single day.



The energy crisis is rooted in a decision by Gaza's Hamas rulers to power the plant with smuggled fuel from Egypt.

They preferred to rely on smuggled fuel than pay for more expensive Israeli fuel.

But the flow of Egyptian fuel slowed weeks ago because Egypt was suffering shortages itself.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ' Officials say small amounts of Israeli fuel are coming into the Gaza Strip, easing an energy crisis provoked by a cutoff of Egyptian fuel.

Brig. Gen. Nazmi Muhana, who is head of the Palestinian Authority border agency in the West Bank, and Israeli military spokesman Maj. Guy Inbar said fuel started flowing through an Israeli crossing on Friday.

Gaza health official Adham Abu Salmia says supplies are enough to power the territory's only electricity plant for a single day.

The energy crisis is rooted in a decision by Gaza's Hamas rulers to power the plant with smuggled fuel from Egypt.

They preferred to rely on smuggled fuel than pay for more expensive Israeli fuel.

But the flow of Egyptian fuel slowed weeks ago because Egypt was suffering shortages itself.


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