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Egypt thwarts attempt to smuggle fuel into Gaza Strip
Published Tuesday 28/02/2012 (updated) 29/02/2012 13:15
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A Palestinian smuggler rests near a tunnel in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip on
April 14, 2010. (MaanImages/Hatem Omar)
EL-ARISH (Ma’an) -- Egyptian security forces on Tuesday thwarted an attempt to smuggle large quantities of diesel fuel into the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels, Ma'an's correspondent said.

Egyptian military and police forces stopped four trucks containing more than 7,000 liters of diesel fuel bound for the Gaza Strip.

Four Egyptian smugglers were arrested and are being questioned.

Egypt wants to stop the use of underground tunnels for delivery of Egyptian fuel purchased by Palestinian authorities, and has severely reduced supply through the tunnel network, prompting an energy crisis in the coastal enclave.

Egyptian and Gazan officials reached a deal last week which includes longer-term measures to increase the capacity of Gaza's sole power plant and link Gaza's electricity grid to Egyptian infrastructure.

On Sunday, as part of the first stage of the agreement, Egypt increased its power supply to the Gaza Strip from 17 to 22 megawatts.

The shorter-term requirement is the delivery of fuel into Gaza, but a disagreement on the route of the fuel still appeared to be pending agreement.

The Gaza government is pressing for the Rafah terminal between the countries to be equipped for fuel transfer, and is reluctant to accept fuel to be delivered via the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing.

The government fears Israel will use control of supplies to squeeze the coastal strip.

Israel severely restricts the movement of people and goods from the Gaza Strip since it tightened a blockade on the territory in 2007.
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1 ) shirley / australia
28/02/2012 12:37
what is wrong with egypt they know full well isreal will use fuel as weapon they are not repecting fact of UNESCO vote and help soverignty just again playing the gutless game Isreal does not live up to any of its agreements things have changed paals will never have soverignty stupid Egyptr and fake agreements just continue occupationwhat is gaza meant to do for fuel for vechiles have Arabs ever heard of truth the LIAR Moon and mass murderer Obomber attcked Libya onlies gaddafhi killed NO ONE

2 ) Judo / Canada
28/02/2012 12:45
The article is missing information. It should also mention that Israel for the last 7 years has supplied Gaza with 70% of its electricity and has never cut or reduced this supply. Without the Israeli electricity Gaza would today have no running water or sewage treatment at all and all the Gaza hospitals would be completely blacked out. source: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=461890 "The Gaza Strip also receives around 120 MW of electricity from Israel. "

3 ) Julie / USA
28/02/2012 15:19
#2 what a stupid comment. that's like saying without Hitler, the jews wouldn't have even been allowed to work, but all thanks to Hitler because he gave them jobs as slaves in forced labor, so they should be thankful they could work. could have been worse!

4 ) Robby / USA
28/02/2012 17:00
3 ) Julie / USA - Your analogy makes zero sense.

5 ) Peace, Smuggling, & Terror / \ Tibi/Tubas
28/02/2012 18:18
Peace Was The best Answer in 1948 & 1967 !!

Terror has only increased progress towards getting a "lesser" Palestine.
Smuggling now only serves to delay progress towards achieving peace.
Terror now increasingly works towards getting a smaller "lesser" Palestine,
if a peace deal is ever reached.

Peace Remains The ONLY Answer, and the ONLY way to "Palestine" !!

6 ) southparkbear / usa
28/02/2012 19:33
i can understand egypt passion to fill the tunnel with fuel at their will

7 ) EE / UK
28/02/2012 20:24
You still need to pay your bills pals.

8 ) Sert / Uk
28/02/2012 23:19
Egypt is a sell out.i bet they got plante of Israelis going in and out throw Egypt smuggling drugs,woman slaves and other things . Let's see if they Egypt thwarts Israel smuggling .
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