Palestinian official warns of Gaza blackout amid fuel shortage

Other News Materials 12 April 2008 19:47 (UTC +04:00)

The Gaza Strip will sink into full blackout within days if Israel does not allow fuel into the blockaded enclave, a senior Palestinian official warned Saturday. ( dpa )

Jamal al-Khodari, head of the Popular Committee against Blockade, told reporters in Gaza that "the Gaza Strip will sink into full darkness, with large and essential sectors expected to stop."

The main Gaza power plant would cease producing electricity supplies unless fuel was allowed into Gaza within days, al-Khodari said.

Food, energy and other daily necessities continue to be in short supply in the Gaza Strip on which severe restrictions have been imposed since Hamas' takeover in June 2007.

Israel stopped allowing fuel into the Gaza Strip after two Israeli civilians werekilled when three militant groups carried out an armed attack on Nahal Ozz Crossing east of Gaza City on Wednesday.

Following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip, Israel imposed a strict blockade on the enclave, considering it a hostile entity.

Al-Khodari called on Arab countries and the international community to exert efforts and urge Israel to lift the blockade, open all crossings and allow fuel into the Gaza Strip.