Blackouts Flicker Through Gaza as Power Station Runs Out of Fuel

Israel stopped fuel shipments last week in response to rocket attacks, no word yet on when it will be resumed.

Gaza residents were experiencing sporadic electricity blackouts on Sunday night as Palestinian officials blamed Israel for cutting off fuel shipments to their power plant.

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, Peter Lerner, said the Palestinians had warned Israel that their Gaza City electricity plant would run out of fuel Monday if shipments were not resumed.

Lerner said the shipments had been stopped last Wednesday because of Palestinian rocket attacks, which began in response to an IDF raid on the coastal territory.

The Defense Ministry said Sunday that no decision had yet been made about renewing the fuel supplies.

The Gaza City plant provides about a quarter of Gaza's electricity. Most of the rest comes directly over lines from Israel, though Egypt also provides a small amount.