Gaza power plant shut down as Israel refuses fuel

The plant's director Mujahed Salama said that Israel has not delivered industrial diesel fuel needed to operate the plant since Wednesday.

Gaza power plant shut down as Israel refuses fuel

Gaza Strip's only power plant was shut down Saturday evening because of a fuel shortage, cutting off electricity to an estimated 800,000 people, the plant's director Mujahed Salama said.

He said that Israel has not delivered industrial diesel fuel needed to operate the plant since Wednesday.

The capital Gaza as well as refugee camps in the south remained in the dark.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said it was not clear when deliveries would start up again.

The power plant was shut down for two days in January due to a fuel shortage. The Gaza Strip also takes electricity from Israel and Egypt, which were apparently supplying power to Gaza's remaining 700,000 residents.

Gaza has been suffering from a lack of fuel due to Israeli imposed siege on imports to the territory, as well as a strike by the enclave's fuel importers, who are protesting the Israeli restrictions. The shortages have also prevented food aid deliveries by the United Nations.


Agencies

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