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23/06/2017 - 20:07hs

Gaza gets fuel from Egypt

The Egyptian government cleared the border to allow eight trucks to pass through in order to supply a power plant in Palestinian territory.

Gaza - This week saw Egypt open its borders with the Hamas-ruled Gaza for fuel trucks to supply the only power plant in the area, which had been idle since mid-April, authorities said. The information was supplied by the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Gaza’s chief of Security Tawfiq Abu Na'eem told the press that eight trucks loaded with fuel crossed the border in Rafah, between Gaza and Egypt. The delivery of fuel came as part of an agreement entered into by Hamas and the Egyptian government.

In the meantime, Israel reduced its power supply to Gaza from 120 megawatts to 88 megawatts. The area requires 500 megawatts (MW), but gets only 210 MW, of which 120 MW were supplied by Israel and 30 MW are provided by Egypt. The remainder is sourced locally.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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