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Gaza receiving less than one third of the fuel it needs

Aug. 18, 2008 12:34 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2008 12:34 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Because of Israeli restrictions, shipments of cooking gas to the Gaza Strip are fulfilling less than 30% of the Strip's basic needs, a Palestinian fuel official said on Monday.

The deputy head of the federation of gas stations' owners in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Al-Khizindar said that 75 to 100 tons of cooking gas are allowed by the Israeli military into Gaza each day, when the daily need is 350 tons.

Al-Khizindar appealed to the Palestinian caretaker government in the West Bank to pressure Israel to allow more of the vital gas into the Strip. He added that cooking gas consumption doubles during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

He highlighted that no plans have been made to economize consumption.

As for other fuel products, Al-Khizindar said 120 thousand tons of gasoline is delivered every week which is enough for just one day. 1.2 Million liters of diesel are delivered which is enough for three days and 2.9 million liters of industrial diesel to operate the power plant are also delivered.

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