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Israel allows entry of diesel into Gaza

February 18, 2017 at 6:16 am

Israel opened the Karam Abu Salam (Kerem Shalom) crossing between it and the Gaza Strip yesterday to allow diesel into the besieged coastal enclave.

A member of the Gaza Union of Gas Station Owners, Nour Al-Din Al-Khazandar, told Ma’an that 500,000 litres of diesel were expected to be allowed into Gaza.

Gaza’s power authority said in a statement on Thursday that its main electricity plant had been operating with only two generators, causing “confusion in the schedule of electricity distribution”, especially amid high demand for electricity as a result of the cold weather.

The authority also highlighted that there was a “stall” on the entry of Turkish fuel aid to Gaza.

The crossing was opened last month for the entry of gas and diesel into Gaza, amidst heightening tensions over a dire electricity crisis that has left the majority of the Gaza Strip with only three hours of power a day.