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Israel resumes supplies of fuel into Gaza

Oct. 24, 2018 4:06 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 28, 2018 12:46 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- After a 12-day halt, Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, decided to allow supplies of fuel to enter the besieged Gaza Strip, on Wednesday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Israel will resume supplies of fuel to Gaza on after a 12-day halt imposed by Lieberman due to recent "violent" border clashes.

On October 13th, Lieberman decided to halt the transfer of fuel and gas into Gaza, including truckloads of Qatari-funded fuel for Gaza's only power plant.

Lieberman said "In accordance with recommendations by security bodies it has been decided to resume the supply of Qatari fuel."

It is noteworthy that Gaza's daily demand of power is between 450 to 500 Megawatts. However, the enclave has struggled for years with power shortages due to limited fuel access and degraded infrastructure.

On Sunday, Lieberman also decided to reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza and the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) in Gaza after a 10-day closure.

Sources reported that Lieberman's office said the reason for the reopening of crossings and allowing entry of fuel was due to "a decrease in the violent events in Gaza over the weekend and efforts Hamas made to restrain."

In recent months, Israel has been closing the crossings on a regular basis under the pretext of "violent" protests taking place along the Gaza border, including the launch of incendiary kites and balloons into southern Israel.

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