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Gaza’s only power plant shuts down over fuel shortage

The Gaza Strip’s sole power plant shut down on Saturday as a consequence of a scarcity of fuel.

A member of the employees walks at Gaza’s lone power plant, within the central Gaza Strip (Photo: Reuters)

Gaza’s sole power plant shut down on Saturday after operating out of fuel, an electrical energy firm spokesman stated, 5 days after Israel closed its items crossing with the Palestinian enclave.

“The power plant in Gaza has stopped [working] due to the fuel shortage,” stated Mohammed Thabet, spokesman for the electrical energy firm.

The power station has gone with out fuel deliveries by Israel because the nation shut its items and other people crossings with Gaza on Tuesday.

The electrical energy provide is anticipated to plummet to simply 4 hours a day, Thabet stated.

Diesel for the power plant is normally trucked in from Egypt or Israel, which has maintained a blockade of the enclave because the militant group Hamas took management of Gaza in 2007.

Israel’s closure of its crossings with Gaza got here because the army braced for reprisals following the arrest of two senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad members within the occupied West Bank.

The group didn’t retaliate till Israel launched pre-emptive air strikes on the enclave Friday, prompting militants to fireplace rockets in direction of Israel.

In a press release earlier on Saturday, Gaza’s electrical energy firm stated the shutdown “will affect all public utilities and crucial installations and exacerbate the humanitarian situation”.

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Diesel for the power plant is normally trucked in from Egypt or Israel, which has maintained a blockade of the enclave because the militant group Hamas took management of Gaza in 2007.

Israel’s closure of its crossings with Gaza got here because the army braced for reprisals following the arrest of two senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad members within the occupied West Bank.

The group didn’t retaliate till Israel launched pre-emptive air strikes on the enclave Friday, prompting militants to fireplace rockets in direction of Israel.

In a press release earlier on Saturday, Gaza’s electrical energy firm stated the shutdown “will affect all public utilities and crucial installations and exacerbate the humanitarian situation”.

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