Gaza ministry: Egypt, Israel reduced fuel deliveries
Published Tuesday 03/07/2012 (updated) 05/07/2012 13:55
Gaza's ministry of power says fuel deliveries have been reduced by Egypt
and Israel. (MaanImages/File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's Ministry of Energy said on Tuesday that deliveries of fuel from Qatar had been reduced by Egypt and Israel, the countries through which it is transited.
The ministry said in a statement that it is receiving approximately 100,000 liters of fuel per day, while the power station in the Gaza Strip needs 500,000 liters each day.
This reduction comes as electricity needs increase during the summer months, the ministry said.
It blamed "Israeli intransigence and the clear failure of the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum," without elaborating.
The sole power plant in Gaza shut down in June because it had run out of fuel after the Qatari shipment was delayed.
Israeli authorities later opened a second crossing into Gaza as a special measure to allow the fuel passage.
Gaza has been plagued with intermittent blackouts since February when Egypt stopped allowing Hamas authorities to receive fuel via a tunnel network under Gaza's southern border.
Hamas has argued that it has a right to import fuel directly, but Egypt was angered that it was securing cheap, illicit fuel, rather than purchasing supplies at cost like other countries.