Gaza’s sole power plant to resume working after fuel donation
The Gaza Strip's only functioning power plant is set to resume operations following a one-week hiatus. (AFP/File)
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The Gaza Strip’s only functioning power plant is set to resume operations following a one-week hiatus due to a lack of fuel, according to a Palestinian official.
“Around 150,000 liters of fuel has entered the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing [which links the strip to Israel and Egypt],” Palestinian border chief Nazmi Mehanna told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
According to the Gaza Strip’s Energy and Natural Resources Authority, the plant — used to generate electricity for the strip’s almost two million inhabitants — will soon come online again at eight hours on, eight hours off.
On Tuesday, the Ramallah-based Palestinian unity government announced that the plant would remain exempt from paying fuel taxes until August.
The move came following an earlier dispute over fuel taxes, which the cash-strapped Gaza Strip — still groaning under a years-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade — can ill afford.
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