Palestinian official blames EU over Gaza blackout

19:25, January 25, 2010      

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A Palestinian official blamed the European Union (EU) on Monday for causing a possible widespread blackout in the Gaza Strip due to its suspension of paying for Gaza power plant's fuel.

"The EU, since November, has stopped funding the diesel purchase for the station," said Rafeeq Maliha, director of the only power plant in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

For now, the station is running at less than its half capacity "and the available fuel can keep it operating until Saturday," Maliha added.

If the West Bank-based Palestinian National Authority does not work to resolve the problem, "Gaza will be going to a dangerous disaster and many basic services would stop," the official said.

At nightfall, tens of thousands of houses in the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness. Though Gaza gets nearly two-thirds of its power from Israel, high demand for electricity this winter led to the breakdown of some of the main power lines.

Ra'ed Fatouh, a crossing points coordinator, said Israel allowed industrial diesel into Gaza for the station on Sunday, but only a limited amount was flown in that could keep the plant on for one day.

Israel imposes a blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized power there in June 2007. Since then, the siege has caused several electricity failures, mainly due to the withholding of fuel.

Source: Xinhua
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