Many Palestinians in Gaza consider the cooking gas crisis to be the worst in years due to the fact that it coincides with the electricity crisis and because it is considered an alternative to petrol as a source of energy.
The gas in the Gaza Strip is no longer enough. The Strip needs 450-500 tonnes of cooking gas per day but the Israeli authorities have allowed less than this in on a daily basis for over a month.
The occupation is hindering and limiting the amount of gas being allowed into the Gaza Strip. It only allows 60 per cent of the gas Gaza needs to enter the Strip; this does not take into consideration the use of gas to operate cars following the petrol shortage.
The use of gas as an alternative to petrol has caused a rise in prices and this has made matters even worse. It now takes Gazans a month to fill a 12 kilogramme cylinder of gas.