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Palestinian official: Israel increases cooking gas shipments to Gaza
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20:20, September 01, 2008

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A Palestinian official said Monday that the amount of cooking gas that Israel allows into Gaza Strip has increased recently.

"The gas shipments have increased recently," said Raed Rajab, deputy director of the Palestinian Petroleum Agency (PPA), adding "if the occupation forces did not close the crossing point two days last week, we would have felt the increase."

The Palestinians consume more cooking gas during the Muslim's holy fasting month of Ramadan which started Monday.

Israel restricted fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip last year after Islamic Hamas movement took over the coastal strip. But in June, Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel to restore calmness and ease the blockade.

Before the improvements, which Rajab did not clarify, Israel used to allow between 170-200 tons of the cooking gas to Gaza. Andprior to the ceasefire, this amount was limited to less than 100 tons every day.

Meanwhile, Rajab said there was no increase in the deliveries of other kinds of fuel, such as the vehicles diesel and Benzene.


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