Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Gaza power plant goes offline as fuel shortage worsens

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Gaza's sole power station shut down again on Wednesday after running out of fuel, a source at the plant told AFP, as the territory's energy crisis deepened.

"The electricity plant has stopped work because of a lack of fuel," the source said.

The plant has stopped working several times this year as the Gaza Strip lives through its worst-ever energy crisis which has been brought on by a drop in fuel supplies from neighbouring Egypt.

On Wednesday, a delivery of 30 million litres of Qatari fuel was to have entered the Hamas-run Gaza Strip from Egypt, after being transported through Egypt's Al-Awja crossing into southern Israel, then into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

But on Wednesday afternoon, Raed Futuh, an official at Kerem Shalom said the delivery had been delayed for the fourth time in three weeks, citing "technical issues." more

Gaza govt says Qatar fuel held on Egypt border

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Truckloads of Qatari fuel arrived in El-Arish, Egypt on Tuesday and are being prepared to enter the Gaza Strip on Wednesday via a small goods crossing in the south, officials said.

Some 153,000 liters of fuel will be allowed into Gaza on Wednesday, sources involved in the transfer told Ma'an.

Officials in the Hamas-run power authority say the fuel is being delayed at the border even though it was supposed to arrive Sunday. They suspected that the delays were related to the siege. more

Israeli airstrike injures 2 in Gaza City

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes fired on a naval police base in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, injuring two Palestinians.

Medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said two people were evacuated to Shifa hospital, one of whom was in a critical condition.

The dawn airstrike hit a naval police post in the Sudaniyya neighborhood of Gaza City, a Ma'an correspondent said.

Witnesses also said Israeli fighter jets fired at a poultry farm in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning. No injuries have been reported. more