Israel Blocks Fuel Deliveries to Gaza Power Plant

Blockade will be imposed 'until further notice' due to the launching of incendiary balloons into Israel, according to the Israeli Defense Ministry

Israel will indefinitely stop the transfer of fuel to the power plant in the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing, according to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

COGAT said the reason was the launching of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israel, which sparked fires in neighboring Israeli communities. 

Two weeks ago, Israel imposed a total maritime blockade on the Strip, which lasted one week. Israel has been tailoring restrictions on the size of Gaza’s fishing zone in which Israel allows fishermen to operate in response to incendiary balloons. 

A fuel tanker arrives at the Gaza power plant, in the central Gaza Strip June 18, 2019.
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