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Gaza power plant to shut down by Tues. due to fuel shortage
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19:21, April 14, 2008

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Palestinian Petrol Corporation chief in Gaza warned on Monday that Gaza's main power plant will be closed by Tuesday due to the shortage of fuel.

"The remaining amounts of industrial fuel to keep the power plant operating will be only sufficient until Tuesday," Mujahid Salama said in a statement, warning "if more fuel is not allowed, Gaza Strip will be sinking in full blackout."

If more amounts of fuel are not allowed into Gaza within 24 hours, there will be catastrophic reflections on all aspects of life in the Gaza Strip, mainly health and education sector, added Salama.

He, however, noted that "the Israeli side, which began to positively react to our calls on Sunday, will allow fuel into Gaza within the coming few hours."

After Hamas movement took control of the Gaza Strip in June last year and routed President Mahmoud Abbas' security forces, Israel imposed a blockade on the enclave and shut down all Gaza border crossings.

Following an increase of homemade rockets attacks carried out by Gaza militants on Israel, Israel termed the Gaza Strip "a hostile entity" and cut off amounts of fuels needed to operate Gaza power plant, engines and vehicles.

Kanan Obied, chief of Palestinian energy authorities in the deposed government of Hamas, also warned Monday that "if there will be no fuel soon, we will be obliged to shut down the power plant and tell the world to carry its responsibilities towards the catastrophic situation in Gaza."

Source: Xinhua

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