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Fuel enters Gaza as Kerem Shalom crossing re-opened
Published Sunday 16/03/2014 (updated) 17/03/2014 16:34
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Palestinians ride a horse and cart past the Gazy City power plant
on March 15, 2014 after it shut down due to a lack of fuel
(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Deliveries of fuel to the Gaza Strip resumed on Sunday morning as Israeli authorities allowed the Kerem Shalom (Kerem Abu Salem) crossing to re-open, Palestinian crossing officials said.

The decision comes only a day after the besieged coastal enclave's sole power plant was forced to shut down after Israel closed the border crossing, cutting off its supplies of fuel and further restricting the Gaza Strip's already limited power supply.

General director of the border crossing Nazmi Muhanna told Ma'an that Israeli authorities had informed him on Saturday evening that they had decided to resume shipments of fuel to the power plant on Sunday morning.

Israeli officials at the southern Gaza Strip crossing refused to allow any other commodities to enter, he added.

The Gaza power plant, which was already severely low on fuel, announced on Saturday that it would cut the electricity supply to the Strip's 1.7 million residents from twelve hours a day to six until fuel run out.

Israeli authorities closed the Kerem Shalom crossing on Thursday due to the outbreak of fighting between militant groups and Israeli forces, which involved rocket fire into Israel as well as air strikes on Gaza before a ceasefire was re-activated.

Lack of diesel fuel is a result of the tightening of a 7-year-long blockade imposed on the territory by Israel with Egyptian support.

Until July of this year, tunnels connecting Gaza to Egypt provided a vital lifeline for the territory amidst the otherwise crippling Israeli blockade. The blockade has been in place since 2006, and it has limited imports and exports and led to a major economic decline and wide-reaching humanitarian crisis.

In the last year, however, the situation had greatly improved, as the tunnels to Egypt witnessed a brisk trade following the Egyptian Revolution. Since the coup against Egyptian president Morsi in July, however, Egypt has strictly enforced the blockade and targeted the tunnels.

Gaza Strip energy officials blame Egypt for destroying these tunnels while maintaining the larger economic blockade, along with Israel.
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1 ) @ The Uglyness / Of Collaboration
16/03/2014 17:49
- Israel should stop collaborating with making Gaza livable, by allowing fuel to enter Gaza as through the Kerem Shalom crossing, while - Gaza continues collaborating with militants firing rockets at Israel, and refuses to either participate in the PLO peace process, or begin a Hamas peace process of its own !!

2 ) Jossef / USA
16/03/2014 18:47
Israel should announce a new discipline of allowing oil to Gaza through Kerem Shalom; every single rocket from Gaza would result in an automatic one-week closure of Kerem Shalom, more rockets should mean longer periods of blocking oil deliveries.

3 ) Mel / USA
16/03/2014 19:33
But,the point is,Israel&Egypt's COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT WAR CRIME continues OVERALL! Temporary fuel comes in at EXORBITANT PRICES(x4 gmp)to an enclaved civilian population of men,women,children,elderly&sick who are BLOCKED from working/jobs,earning regularly,paying bills,eating a healthy diet,access to MEDICINES/TREATMENT,school supplies.This are ALL INALIENABLE,LEGAL,HUMAN RIGHTS.Gaza is Zionism's Warsaw Ghetto.Should Jewish refugees have suffered MORE there too,because they resisted Nazism?

4 ) Beverly Kurtin / USA
16/03/2014 21:05
Although I recognize the situation for what it is, Hamas cannot see who is to blame for their problems: Themselves! It is only human to want to find someone or something to blame for their woes, but at what point will Hamas decide that they have to grow up and stop acting like recalcitrant children who cross their arms, stomp their feet and, in effect, say, "We're not going to play by any rules." They're hurting their own people and THAT is inexcusable.

5 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
16/03/2014 21:19
Qatar aid in directional drilling for gas should be sought. Then the power plant can become energy independent of Israel and can expand production capacity

6 ) @ 1&2 dullards / USA
17/03/2014 00:38
the EU supplies fuel for gaza's electricity and the zios mark up way up before delivery...its all about the zio's true gawd money!! get a clue you inbred idiots

7 ) Outlier / USA
17/03/2014 19:09
You cannot teach stupid. Hamas is the blame here and the solution is easy, if only the organization would put Gaza's citizens ahead of its own agenda.
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