Thursday, Sept. 03
Latest News
  1. Italy PM says Europe 'cannot just get emotional' about migrants
  2. Court: Two British reporters held in Turkey to be released
  3. Chung claims 'fraud' in FIFA presidential poll
  4. Obama expected to press Saudi King on conflicts in Syria, Yemen
  5. UN: 13 million children denied education by Mideast wars
  6. Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis
  7. IS claims Yemen Shiite mosque attack that killed 28
  8. US calls for release of Chinese rights activists
  9. Trial of Congolese rebel opens with gruesome images
  10. Gunmen kills 2 Yemeni staff of Red Cross
  11. Iran to confiscate cars of 'poorly veiled' women
  12. 'At least 50 dead' in Shebab attack on AU base
  13. Thousands arrive in Athens as migrant influx piles pressure on EU
  14. Millions strike in India over 'anti-labor reforms'
  15. Turkish connection probed in Bangkok bomber search
  16. Italy ready to impose border controls after Germany request
  17. Israel opposes Palestinian flag-raising at the UN
  18. Saudi top cleric slams Iran prophet movie
  19. Qatar to enforce key labor reform from November
  20. Lebanon government powerless as protesters escalate campaign

Union chief: Gaza facing new gas crisis

March 7, 2012 8:59 P.M. (Updated: March 9, 2012 8:34 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The head of Gaza's gas station owners organization said Wednesday that the Gaza Strip is experiencing a domestic-use gas crisis after Israel reduced the amounts of fuel entering the enclave.

Mahmoud al-Shawwa said that over the past two weeks, Gaza has received 40 to 60 tons of domestic gas, but it needs at least 200 to 250 tons for its day-to-day operations.

Most of the strip's gas stockpile had been consumed, but officials are following up with the Israeli side, he said. Israel has promised to increase the quantities starting next Sunday, he added.

Guy Inbar, a spokesman for the Israeli military's civilian administration, said the Hamas government in Gaza was refusing to accept the full amount of fuel Israel is willing to send.

Inbar said he was aware that the shortages were causing problems in Gaza. "We spoke with senior (Palestinian Authority) people" about increasing the gas shipments. "It all depends on Hamas," he said.

The official said he was not familiar with any new plan to increase gas imports.

Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said about 150 tons of gas came through Tuesday. That number was up from about 45 tons which was imported on Saturday, Fattouh said.

A power crisis, meanwhile, was sparked by a restriction on fuel smuggled into the territory from Egypt, adding to a widespread sense of discontent amongst the 1.7 million-strong population.

Traders who import goods from Israel and the West Bank say Hamas has introduced additional fees beyond the usual tax they collect, putting their businesses at risk and threatening livelihoods.

Hamas says the increase in levies is meant to protect homegrown products. But local analysts believe the group has been forced to tighten the fiscal screws at home because of a drop in funding from foreign allies, notably Iran.

Reuters contributed to this report.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015