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Official: Smugglers resume fuel supplies to Gaza
Published Sunday 07/07/2013 (updated) 08/07/2013 20:52
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Smugglers resumed pumping fuel to the Gaza Strip through tunnels under the Egyptian border on Sunday, easing a fuel crisis in the enclave, an official said.

Muhammad al-Abadlah, a spokesman for the federation of fuel companies, told Ma'an that enough fuel was being smuggled in to partially meet needs in Gaza.

Meanwhile government official Abdul-Nasser Muhanna said the fuel crisis would be resolved soon.

Muhanna, an official in the general petroleum department, did not give any details on the source of the fuel.

Egypt's crackdown on smuggling tunnels created a crippling fuel crisis in recent days, causing long queues at gas stations across Gaza.

The health ministry in Gaza warned Saturday that hospitals' fuel reserves were down to 20 percent.

Egypt continued to close smuggling tunnels along the Gaza border on Sunday.

Egypt's army used sand to seal several smuggling tunnels near the Brazil neighborhood, a Ma'an reporter said.

An Egyptian military official told Ma'an that soldiers seized seven boxes of ammunition at a tunnel opening in the al-Barahmeh neighborhood of Rafah on Sunday. He added that the army had deployed to the area to stop people entering through tunnels.

The official said Egypt's army was preparing for a major operation in Sinai following a series of militant attacks in the peninsula after the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday.

Egyptian soldiers and armored vehicles have deployed heavily along the Gaza border for two weeks.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
07/07/2013 18:00
Respect for the people working in the tunnels! and.. its better Egypt gets the money for the fuel than the zionists.

2 ) lice / Hungary
07/07/2013 19:26
Hamas decided to cut itself off unilaterally from Israel’s fuel and to replace it with cheap gasoline from Egypt, pumped via makeshift pipes through the tunnels. That decision, turned out to be a mistake. At first, everything looked rosy. Instead of $1.50 per liter of gas, Gaza residents got a bargain — barely 50 cents for a liter, and there was much rejoicing. The Egyptian gasoline is not of particularly good quality — the refinement is somewhat crude.

3 ) Boil / Poland
07/07/2013 20:17
Hamas is now left with no choice but to once again turn to Israel.Feelers have been put out in recent days to Dor Alon, an Israeli fuel company which was the sole licensee of gas supplies to the gasoline and power stations in Gaza. Previously in the past year, Dor Alon supplied fuel to Gaza, despite Hamas’ unilateral decision to sever ties with Israel, because even then, following the terror attack from Sinai, the tunnels were sealed off, sufficient fuel did not get through.

4 ) USAUSA / USA
07/07/2013 20:38
This is a crime against the Egyptian people. The fuel in Egypt is subsidized so that the poor can afford it. And instead of being used in Egypt, it is sold to Gaza! And Gaza is FAR richer than Egypt. No one starves in Gaza. The UNRWA feeds everyone. But in Egypt they are close to starvation. There is no money for food or fuel. This is stolen fuel from Egypt.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
08/07/2013 00:19
#4 So, how's your day, USA taxpayer, making sure your hard earned tax dollars are going into Israel's pocket? There are starving, homeless people on the streets of U.S.A.!

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/07/2013 07:42
More evidence that Hamas refuses to join the civilized world and wants to maintain its Islamofascist dictatorship. Hamas will oppress the Palestinians in Gaza and deny them their rights (especially Christians), yet hundreds of Israel-haters around the world will loudly support them. The only reason non-Jihadists support Gaza is because their hate for Israel is greater than their love for Palestinians. Poor people of Gaza have little hope for a better future.
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