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Gaza power plant stirs to life as violent storm passes
Published Sunday 15/12/2013 (updated) 17/12/2013 09:34
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Trucks carrying fuel for the Gaza Strip enter Rafah town through
the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza
Strip, on Dec. 15, 2013 (AFP/Said Khatib)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Gaza's lone power station rumbled to life on Sunday for the first time in more than seven weeks after receiving a long-awaited delivery of diesel, the electricity company said.

"The power station started reworking gradually after stopping for 50 days," spokesman Jamal Dirsawi told AFP.

The plant, which supplies some 30 percent of the coastal enclave's electricity needs, fell silent on Nov. 1 as the stocks of diesel to power it ran out.

"The first generator has started working, the second one will follow, and by this evening, the company should be able to generate around 60 megawatts of electricity," he said.

"This will give the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company (GEDCO) an opportunity to provide more hours of electricity to citizens."

The power station began operating after receiving a delivery of long-awaited fuel earlier in the day, that had been purchased from Israel by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority using funds donated by Qatar.

Raed Fatuh, the PA official in charge of transferring goods into Gaza, said 450,000 liters of fuel were being supplied to the plant on Sunday.

The PA is involved in helping coordinate the transfer of goods into Gaza via Israel, which Hamas does not recognize.

Gaza's Hamas rulers have blamed the fuel outage on Egypt's destruction of cross-border tunnels which had been used for bringing fuel into the blockaded Strip.

They have also accused the Palestinian Authority of charging too much for fuel.
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1 ) Tobias / USA
15/12/2013 16:42
UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT OF GAZA ACCEPTS A COMPREHENSIVE PEACE, WITH ISRAEL, ALL INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE STOPPED.

2 ) Tobias / USA
15/12/2013 17:08
The only solution to the situation imposed upon Gaza's civilian is 1- to remove Hamas, and other militant elements, by force, and 2- to install a Gaza government that prioritizes protecting civilians now, rather than maintaining a futile resistance of rocket attacks & abductions, which justifies both the closed borders with Israel & Egypt, and the internationally legal naval blockade imposed by Israel.

3 ) Mel / USA
15/12/2013 18:17
And while those 2-faced Wahhabi GCC's-are busy funding AQ/Salafists inside Iraq,Syria,Libya Chechnya etc-they also know that any relatively-pithy blood-money they so'beneficiently donate' to Palestine via Israel & its faction-of-the-day PA,will be reduced by 3/4 of the initial amount after Israel & its PA proxy have creamed off their taxes & personal CUT!Egypt is charging fuel costs x2 per liter & Israel charges X3 cost.Gaza needs X3 the amount delivered,to meet needs of 1.8 MILL HUMANS in Gaza!

4 ) Joe Hill / Belgium
15/12/2013 19:33
Tobias, a collective punishment is a crime against human rights, according Geneva conventions. But we know how the us is dealing with that and you don't care and you will never learn.

5 ) Mel / USA
15/12/2013 20:10
The global consensus(outside of USG's "international community of clients)looks forward to a headline stating: 'Israel's Soul Power Begins Working again'! But alas,after 67yrs of selling Judaism's 'soul' to brutal political radical Zionism,I won't hold my breath for Israeli Jews to come home to humanity as long as their SOLE patron remains our own criminally shameless Zionism-1st-& last,USG.Talk about the suicidal last days of lonely imperialism!

6 ) southparkbear / usa
15/12/2013 20:26
Tobias you got it wrong this time. the only natural solution that makes sense is to return gaza to Egypt. The speak the same language, have the same accent and the history of gaza under egypt runs long long time. I believe Al Sissi will treat hamas really good
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