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Israel to resume fuel shipments to Gaza
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17:13, April 23, 2008

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Israel is set to resume piping fuel to Gaza power plant Wednesday after a week of halting, director of the Palestinian petrol agency said.

"Today, two million liters of industrial diesel will be allowed into Gaza and the station will remain functioning normally," the director, Mujahed Salama, told Voice of Palestine radio.

On Tuesday, Palestinian officials in Gaza announced that only power plant there will be shut down by Wednesday evening, owing to the Israeli withholding of fuel shipments to Gaza.

On April 9, Israel closed the Nahal Oz crossing, the only one through which fuel is supplied to the impoverished territory, following a Palestinian militant attack. Two Israeli soldiers were killed in the fire exchange.

Israel sealed off the crossing and only allowed sporadic supple of diesel and cooking gas, the only two sorts which Israel kept allowing into Gaza since it imposed restrictions on the fuel deliveries late last year.

Last Wednesday and Thursday, Israel resumed sending industrial diesel and cooking gas into Gaza but withheld them again after "unidentified sides in Gaza Strip fired at the fuel trucks," according to Salama.

He added that the car diesel and benzene were still extremely insufficient in Gaza.

Hamas took control of Gaza Strip in last June after routing security forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.


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