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Fuel crisis ongoing in Gaza


August 13, 2010 - Fuel for generators is running out as the power crisis in Gaza continues, an electricity company official said Friday. Kin'an Obed, vice-president of the Palestinian Energy Authority in Gaza, said the quantity of industrial diesel that Israeli authorities allowed into the Strip on Thursday was only sufficient to power one generator, and would run out on Sunday. Already, the power company has been forced to schedule 8- to 10-hour power cuts every day for several months, Obed added...

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Fuel crisis ongoing in Gaza

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August 13, 2010

GAZA CITY (Maĺan) -- Fuel for generators is running out as the power crisis in Gaza continues, an electricity company official said Friday.

Kin'an Obed, vice-president of the Palestinian Energy Authority in Gaza, said the quantity of industrial diesel that Israeli authorities allowed into the Strip on Thursday was only sufficient to power one generator, and would run out on Sunday.

Already, the power company has been forced to schedule 8- to 10-hour power cuts every day for several months, Obed added.

Explaining that the company sends $4 million, received from power bills, to Ramallah's Finance Ministry every month to pay for fuel, Obed said the electricity crisis is a political one.

The sole power station in Gaza shut down totally on Saturday due to a shortage of fuel. By Sunday, Gaza's hospitals announced a state of emergency as life-saving equipment was left reliant on generators.

The governments in Ramallah and Gaza held each other responsible for the crisis. Under current arrangements, the Gaza government is meant to collect electricity bill payments and transfer the cash to the Palestinian Authority, which in turn pays Israel, through which the fuel is transferred.

The PA said it had not received payment from the Gaza government. Gaza officials cited near 50 percent unemployment figures and the PA plan to deduct bills from Civil Servant salaries as factors making it near impossible to collect sufficient payments to keep the plant in fuel.






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