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Lack of fuel returns blackouts to Gaza

28 December 2013 12:15

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Gaza’s sole power plant stopped working once again on Friday due to the lack of diesel fuel after Israel closed Karm Abu Salem commercial crossing, preventing the entry of the needed fuel to run its turbines.

Gaza’s Electricity Company was forced to limit electricity supplies to six hours per day instead of 12 hours, increasing the suffering of the people of the besieged enclave.

Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, the company’s deputy chairman, confirmed that Gaza’s sole power plant has been shut down on Friday due to the lack of fuel after Israel’s closing of Karm Abu Salem crossing, leaving Gaza again with six hours of electricity per day followed by 12 hours of rupture.

Gaza’s power plant resumed functioning two weeks ago, after seven weeks of shutdown, after receiving the needed fuel using funds donated by Qatar.

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