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MENAFN - Qatar News Agency - 17/03/2014
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(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) 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 said 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, according to the Palestinian news agency Maan. 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 suppor

 


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