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Fuel arrives in Gaza under new deal

By AFP GAZA CITY: Fuel began arriving in Gaza on Wednesday as per a new deal between the territory’s Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, an official said. “Tanks of fuel holding 45,000 liters each entered through the Kerem Shalom crossing this morning,” Raed Futuh, the coordinator on the Palestinian side …


Red Cross sends emergency diesel to Gaza

By AFP GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: The International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday began transferring emergency supplies of fuel to the Gaza Strip where an electricity crisis has hit medical services hard. “This morning we began distributing 150,000 liters of diesel to Gaza’s hospitals and we will have completed the distribution by the …


In Gaza, power cuts and rumors hamper reconciliation

By Selim Saheb Ettaba / AFP GAZA CITY: A smart white villa with a red roof sits uninhabited but under close guard in Gaza City, awaiting the return of its owner, Fatah head and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Members of the Hamas government’s security services surround the building, which fell into their hands when long-running tensions …


Red Cross: Gaza fuel shortage puts lives at risk

By AP GENEVA: The International Committee of the Red Cross says a shortage of fuel in the Gaza Strip is putting the lives of thousands of hospital patients in the Palestinian territory at risk. The Red Cross said Thursday it is preparing to deliver 150,000 liters of diesel to the Ministry of Health in Hamas-controlled …


Small amounts of Israeli fuel reaching Gaza

By Ibrahim Barzak / AP GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Small amounts of Israeli fuel were trucked into the Gaza Strip on Friday, slightly easing an energy crisis provoked by a cut-off of Egyptian fuel, Palestinian and Israeli officials said. The shipment however did not meet Gaza’s total energy needs for even one day, one official said, …


No fuel from Egypt despite payments: Palestinians

By AFP GAZA CITY: The Palestinian energy authority in Gaza said on Wednesday it had paid Egypt $2 million towards fuel for its crippled power station, but had yet to receive anything in return. Gaza is experiencing a major electricity crisis because of a shortage of fuel for its sole power plant. The plant, which …


Deal with Egypt on Gaza electricity: Hamas

By AFP GAZA CITY: Hamas has reached a “comprehensive agreement” with Egypt to permanently end the electricity crisis in Gaza, the Islamist movement said on Thursday. “A comprehensive agreement has been reached with Egyptian officials to put a permanent end to the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip,” Hamas spokesman Taher Al-Nunu said in a …


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