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Published Monday 30/04/2012 (updated) 04/05/2012 02:46
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The full operation of the Gaza Strip's sole power station depends on the arrival of required fuel, the plant information director said Monday.

Ahmad Abu al-Amrin said talks are underway with Egypt to allow a Qatari ship docked at Suez port to bring fuel to Gaza. Officials are discussing bringing the fuel via Israel's Kerem Shalom crossing into the southern Gaza Strip, near the Gaza border.

Israeli Army Radio reported earlier that Israeli authorities want the fuel to be delivered via the Israeli port Ashdod, due to security concerns over using Kerem Shalom.

Installation of new generators at the power plant will be completed in May, al-Amrin added.

The $3 million project funded by the Islamic Development Bank is one tenet of a deal agreed in late February to end the widespread power outages after Egypt cut fuel supplies via underground tunnels weeks earlier.

Officials have also agreed to link the Gazan electricity grid to Egypt's, as well as converting the coastal enclave's sole power plant from diesel to gas.
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1 ) PUSH HAMAS / TO PEACE
30/04/2012 17:55
Regardless of security concerns, or which crossing is to be used,
Israeli authorities should NOT want the fuel to be delivered at all,
since darness and lack of power could PUSH HAMAS TO PEACE.


2 ) Joe Fattal / USA
01/05/2012 03:18
@1) PUSH HAMAS / TO PEACE Also lack of Gas supply from Egypt to Israel will leave Israelis in the darkness as their reserve are being used. Summer time will have a great effect on them. It wont push them to make peace, they are at peace with Egypt for the time being. Egypt was making too much money from Israel for the gas, so it has to be a political move maybe for Israel to make peace with Hamas. Lack of gas means also less fuel for their AF. Means less attack on Hamas.

3 ) southparkbear / usa
01/05/2012 21:30
go to egypt. you cannot use israel as it must be boycott by all palestinian

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/05/2012 07:35
Okay...gotta ask. Why the picture of the ship?

5 ) Power / Crisis
02/05/2012 15:10
It is much easier for palestinians in Gaza to live without power now, when they know that Egypt stop gas supply to Israel.

6 ) Fuel / Power
02/05/2012 17:32
Why would Israel care about "well being of Gaza residents"? Israel is not occupying Gaza, last Israeli left Gaza 7 years ago. No one is occupying Gaza but Hamas. It is time for palestinians to take care of themselves. They have beloved elected Hamas government. Still it looks like Gazans do not enjoy life under Hamas too much. I wonder why?

7 ) southparkbear / usa
02/05/2012 18:06
joe i like your logic, we should follow it for the next 64 years. heck earlier logic did not work

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/05/2012 20:27
To PUSH #1 'Israeli authorities should NOT want the fuel to be delivered at all, since darness and lack of power could PUSH HAMAS TO PEACE.' This is pure hypocrisy, as neither you nor Israel have the least desire to 'push Hamas to "peace." ' What you actually want is a situation that permits you to continue to indulge your disturbed need to have a group to oppress. You want to see Hamas grovel and beg for mercy -- preferably, permanently.
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