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Israeli military commander: "Terrorist" groups harming Gazan citizens

April 20, 2008 3:27 P.M. (Updated: April 20, 2008 3:27 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - The commander of the coordination and liaison administration for the Israeli military commented on Sunday on what he called the "allegations of lack of fuel for ambulances in Gaza."

Referring to the attacks by Palestinian military groups on the Nahal Oz and Kerem Shalom fuel and commercial terminals, Nir Press said those who carry out the attacks are only interested in harming the citizens of the Gaza Strip while Israel is attempting to help them.

"Unfortunately every day we see attempts by terrorist organizations aimed at aborting all opportunities for good relationships between Israel and its neighbors in the Gaza Strip, at the expense of the average citizens," he said.

Before the attack on Nahal Oz, fuel was brought daily into the coastal sector and continued even after two Israelis were killed when Palestinian fighters entered the Gaza Strip's Nahal Oz crossing point and began shooting at the workers on April 9.

However, there was another attempt to attack a fuel tanker, just two days after the fuel terminal was reopened, Press added.

He went on to say that there are large quantities of fuel in tankers on the Palestinian side of the Nahal Oz terminal, but for three weeks the Palestinians have refused to receive and distribute the supplies. These quantities could have provided fuel for ambulances, agriculture, fishermen's boats and other urgent needs, he added.

He concluded by saying that it is time the Palestinians realized that the "terrorism" that accompanies Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip is harming the Palestinian residents of the coastal strip.

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