Gaza fuel depot to stay closed for days: Israel

The Gaza Strip's main fuel terminal will remain closed for a "few days" longer, an Israeli official said on Sunday.

Gaza fuel depot to stay closed for days: Israel
"The terminal will remain closed for a few days to give us time to check and decide on measures to ensure security," Tzahi Hanegbi, the head of parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee, told military radio.

He added that "no strategic decision has been taken" to close the crossing indefinitely.

Israel shut the Nahal Oz crossing and fuel terminal on Wednesday after Palestinian men stormed it in a cross-border raid.

On Saturday Palestinian officials warned that the Gaza Strip's sole power plant could shut down again if it does not receive fresh supplies of fuel.

"The station will stop completely in the next few days leading to power failures in all sectors if Israel does not supply us with fuel," Rafik Maliha, the director of the power plant, said.

Gaza's sole power plant provides around 30 percent of the territory's electricity, with most of the remainder supplied directly from Israel and a small amount from Egypt.

Last Mod: 13 Nisan 2008, 18:23
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