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Gaza may face serious power shortage: officials
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09:48, August 18, 2007

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Officials in the Gaza Strip's main power station warned on Friday that the strip would suffer serious shortage of power due to a shortage of fuel.

Rafiq Mleiha, director of Gaza power station told a new conference in Gaza that the power station was partially stopped power supply to wide areas in the strip due to a shortage of fuel.

"We are sorry to say that we would be obliged to turn-off three generators out of four starting on Friday evening until Sunday morning. If there will be no fuel, the power stationed will be shut down," said Mleiha.

He denied if there are any strategic stocked fuels in the Gaza Strip "because Israel has been pumping quantities of fuels that are enough for Gazans daily consumption."

Asked about the reason for the fuels shortage in the Gaza Strip, he said "the only Israeli justification is a security reason. Israeli troops ban Palestinian fuels truck from approaching the borders between Gaza and Israel."

Israeli fuels trucks usually bring fuel all weekdays, except Friday and Saturday, to the borders area with Gaza. Palestinian trucks wait near the borders, fill their tanks and leave.

Since Wednesday, Palestinian trucks were not able to reach the borders area, after the Israeli army warned that there is a tunnel was dug in the area by Palestinian gunmen.

Gaza Strip's daily consumption of fuels is 280,000 liters, said Mleiha, adding that Israel pumps everyday, except Fridays and Saturdays, "which means that we don't have the ability to store fuel for emergencies."

Gaza power station was bombarded by Israel warplanes in June last year, a day after Hamas and two other militant groups kidnapped an Israeli corporal southeast of the Gaza Strip. The station was rebuilt four months after the bombing.

Source: Xinhua

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