Palestinians in Gaza stocking up on fuel.
Palestinians in Gaza stocking up on fuel. Photo by AP
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A shipment of 450,000 liters of gasoline and diesel fuel purchased by the Palestinian Authority will be sent into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Friday, after Israel agreed to permit the transfer.

Over a year ago, Hamas ceased importing fuel from Israel.

The shipment is meant to provide temporary relief for the fuel shortage in the Gaza strip, which started after Egypt cut off all shipments of fuel to Gaza. Senior Hamas officials blamed the Egyptian intelligence services, claiming that they were behind cutting off fuel to Gaza, in order to force the Hamas government into an agreement with Fatah.

Over the past year, Hamas has been smuggling fuel into Gaza at reduced prices through underground tunnels. The shortage began last month as fuel supplies smuggled from Egypt began to dry up. The Palestinian Authority paid full price for the shipment to be delivered on Friday, in order to help ease the current fuel crisis, which has forced Gaza's 1.7 million to endure widespread blackouts.

Hamas protests in opposition to Egypt's moves are expected to take place today. The temporary, partial solution to the fuel crisis in Gaza follows debates in the Egyptian parliament, with Muslim Brotherhood MPs lobbying the Egyptian government to ship fuel to Gaza. Brotherhood efforts to achieve a fuel shipment deal were met with opposition from other parts of the Egyptian government, remnants of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

The Dor Alon fuel company will transfer the gasoline and diesel fuel.

Read this article in Hebrew.