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Gaza protests fuel crisis at Rafah border
Published Saturday 17/03/2012 (updated) 18/03/2012 21:56
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Palestinians take part in a rally calling on Egyptian authorities to end the
power crisis, near the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip,
Feb. 18, 2012. (Reuters/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Dozens of Palestinians gathered at the Rafah crossing into Egypt on Saturday, to protest continuing fuel shortages in the Gaza Strip.

Protesters, including several village heads, carried banners saying: "Gaza without electricity: Until when?" and "Bring fuel to hospitals."

The demonstration called for the electricity company in Gaza to connect with Egyptian power infrastructure, to bring an end to the widespread power outages that have beset the Gaza Strip over the past month.

The Gaza Strip has faced up to 18-hour blackouts per day since Egypt cut fuel supplies through an underground tunnel network, and officials are negotiating an emergency route to stave the power crisis.

Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said last Thursday authorities had found a temporary solution for the crisis, in which Egypt will sell 1 million liters of fuel via Israeli-controlled crossing Kerem Shalom within a week.

Gaza's sole power station shut down two days later for the third time in the past month.

Prime Minister in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh said on Tuesday Egypt had increased the amounts of electricity it was allowing to enter Gaza to 27 megawatts. During the next month and a half, this amount will increase again, he added.

However the blockaded coastal strip was still contending with six-hours of electricity per day on Saturday, staggered across different regions, a Ma'an correspondent said.

Officials have warned that the ongoing crisis threatens hospitals' ability to treat patients, and business leaders say their operations are under threat.
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1 ) Malone / Hfx
17/03/2012 22:11
Aren't you pals just SO happy that you voted for hamas?

2 ) NO Debts / Exist
18/03/2012 00:42
Egypt does NOT owe Gaza Fuel, and Israel does NOT owe the PA anything either, and If Gaza and the PA want something from the other, then they should negotiate the arrangements to get it !!!

3 ) southparkbear / usa
18/03/2012 06:26
i don't understand, egypt is will to provide gaza with an upgraded fuel almost for free. this high octan is also called sewage

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
18/03/2012 07:42
Nice, apparently factual, reporting by Ma'an showing that Egypt is involved in the blockade of Gaza. It becomes more and more apparent that the Hamas priority for the destruction of Israel is not accepted in the Arab world, and is bad for the Palestinians.

5 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
18/03/2012 09:17
What a foolish comment ! Try living without electricity or water except for short unpredictable breaks, usually at night when you need to sleep, for a while. This is the experience of the average Gazan all this winter long that I was living there, teaching English and learning Arabic. The situation is often miserable, but everyone tries to joke about it and put on a brave face. The elections were fair : the world's reaction not so.

6 ) Mel / Gaza
18/03/2012 12:39
Thanks Carol!

7 ) carine / UK
18/03/2012 21:34
#4 - Egypt has no choice, it's still controlled by Israel and US, who have just approved aid to continue to be paid to Egypt. So they have been blackmailed, as it always has been since Mubarak's time. Next step will likely be the closing of the Rafah crossing again to Gazans...

8 ) EE / UK
18/03/2012 23:23
#8 - it is extra 85 millions Zionists

9 ) Malone / Hfx
19/03/2012 05:43
#7..carine ..how about quoting your sources...all your unsubstantiated comments detract from your credibilty..anyone can say any thing..back it up with some facts..real ones.
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