Friday, 1 November 2013

Hamas: Power outage across Gaza as fuel runs out

GAZA CITY (AFP) -- A shortage of fuel halted the production of electricity across the Gaza Strip on Friday, said the energy authority of the Islamist movement Hamas.

"We have completely stopped the operation of (Gaza's sole) power plant this morning at 6 a.m. because we don't have a single liter of fuel," Fathi el-Sheikh Khalil, the authority's deputy chairman, told AFP.

An AFP correspondent in the Gaza Strip said the electricity supply had been cut off across most of the territory.

Khalil blamed the power outage on Egypt's destruction of tunnels used for bringing fuel to Gaza and accused the Palestinian Authority of charging Hamas too much for its fuel.

"Less than 50 percent of the needs of the Gaza Strip are currently covered by electricity from Israel (and) we can no longer get Egyptian fuel due to the destruction of tunnels from Egypt," he said.

"We tried to get fuel from Israel via the Palestinian Authority, but it has imposed prohibitive taxes."

The Gaza plant supplies about a third of the electricity the territory of 1.75 million people needs. more

Four Palestinian al-Qassam brigades fighters killed in Gaza clashes

[Friday November 1, 2013] The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, has reported that four of its fighters have been killed during armed clashes with Israeli soldiers invading Al-Qarara and Abasan Al-Jadeeda area, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Brigades said that Khaled Mohammad Abu Jom’a, 35, Mohammad Rasheed Daoud, 26, Mohammad Omar Al-Qassam, 23, were killed during ensuing clashes with invading Israeli soldiers. While Rabee’ Baraka, 23, was killed in earlier clashes.

Several residents were injured as the army bombarded Khan Younis while the dozens of soldiers advanced into the area using armored vehicles.

Israeli military helicopters also fired a number of missiles and dozens of rounds of live ammunition.

The Brigades added that its fighters ambushed Israeli vehicles invading an area east of Khan Younis, and opened fire at them wounded five soldiers.

Israeli military sources said that the soldiers invaded the area to destroy a tunnel that was located two weeks ago, and came under heavy fire from Palestinian resistance fighters. more