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Israel to open Kerem Shalom on Friday

June 26, 2014 7:51 P.M. (Updated: June 27, 2014 4:32 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces will open the Kerem Shalom commercial terminal on Friday in order to allow diesel fuel intended for usage at the Gaza power plant to enter.

Cossing director Nathmi Muhanna told Ma'an that the crossing would be open on Friday so that the fuel could enter and allow the besieged coastal enclave's sole power plant to continue functioning.

An agreement was reached Tuesday to import 250,000 liters of synthetic diesel for the Gaza power generation station, the deputy head of the energy authority in Gaza said.

The opening comes a day after Gaza authorities said a deal was reached to allow fuel to enter, but that the fuel was only enough for one day and would maintain the current eight hours per day the strip experiences.

In March, the Gulf emirate of Qatar agreed to donate money to fuel Gaza's power plant for three months.

Since Israel tightened its 7-year-long blockade of the strip in July 2013 with Egyptian support, diesel has been extremely scarce in Gaza and there have been frequent power cuts and shut downs.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2007, leading to frequent humanitarian crises.
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