Palestinian PM sees upcoming progress in Gaza electricity situation

16:20, August 25, 2010      

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Tuesday said a progress will be seen soon in the electricity situation in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Starting from Sunday, Israel would transfer about 320,000 liters of industrial diesel to Gaza's sole power plant for five days, which are enough to run two turbines instead of one, Fayyad said in a statement published by the official Wafa news agency.

He explained that the improvement came after the electricity distribution company collected and transferred about two million U.S. dollars to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) as a contribution to pay for an Israeli company that provides the station with diesel.

Fayyad added that "the continuation of fuel imports to Gaza is subject to regular money transfer from the electricity distribution company."

The 1.5 million population of Gaza suffers from 8 to 12 hours of power shortage every day as the power plant is operating on less than a quarter of its capacity.

The PNA accuses Hamas of not contributing in paying Gaza's electricity bill to Israel, saying Hamas collects money people pay for electricity without sending it to the PNA.

The problem has always been seen as an internal Palestinian dispute on power between the PNA and Islamic Hamas movement which took over Gaza by force in 2007.

Source: Xinhua

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