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Twelve truckloads of fuel enter Gaza

Oct. 25, 2018 4:50 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 26, 2018 12:35 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Following Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's decision to resume supplies of fuel into the besieged Gaza Strip, several truckloads of fuel entered through the Kerem Shalom crossing into the Strip, on Thursday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, 12 truckloads of fuel entered through the Kerem Shalom crossing, Gaza’s main crossing, to Gaza’s only power plant.

Sources confirmed that another three truckloads of fuel will enter Gaza in the evening hours.

In addition, the Hamas movement announced that the Egyptian authorities will also allow entry of supplies of fuel through the Rafah crossing.

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.

There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip; two are controlled by Israel and one by Egypt. The Gaza-Israel crossings are the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, that is specifically for pedestrians, and Kerem Shalom in the southern Gaza Strip for the entry of goods and fuel. The Gaza-Egypt crossing is the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, but is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.

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