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Closure of crossing point causes cooking gas 'crisis' in Gaza

Oct. 16, 2008 1:09 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2008 1:09 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israel is further limited shipments of fuel to the Gaza Strip this week, causing a severe shortage of cooking gas, a Palestinian official said.

After months of limits placed on transfers of vital fuels, Israeli authorities ordered the Nahal Oz terminal, the main crossing point for liquid fuels, to virtually shut down this week for the Jewish holiday Sukkot. The crossing was open last Sunday but closed for the previous three days for to another holiday, Yom Kippur.

Al-Khizindar said that Gaza Strip needs about 15 containers, or about 350 tons of gas every day to fulfill basic demand On Thursday only six containers were allowed through Nahal Oz before the terminal was closed again.
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