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After night of darkness Gaza power still out; no sign of change to come

Nov. 14, 2008 11:45 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 14, 2008 11:45 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Residents of the north and central Gaza Strip, including all of Gaza City spent the night in total darkness after power was shut off due to Israel's refusal to let fuel supplies pass through the border. Power in the Strip will remain off until Israel allows fuel to pass into the area.

Alarms sounded from mosques and police cars around the Strip warning Palestinians that the power from the local plant would stop. Citizens rushed into the already dark streets to buy candles and lanterns by whose light they hoped to cook, study or watch their children by.

"Israel stopped the supply of fuel into Gaza for ten days and most of the sector has been plunged into darkness," said the head of the People's Committee to break the siege and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Jamal Al-Khudari.

Since the 4 November Israeli invasion into the Gaza Strip that saw six Hamas activists killed, the Israeli army has allowed less than two full days worth of fuel into Gaza. Food trucks have also been turned away, including the food-aid distributed to dire humanitarian cases by UNRWA. The UN organization announced that it would have to stop aid because food-stores had run out.

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