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Power authority: Fuel urgently needed to run Gaza power plant

Nov. 9, 2014 3:07 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 10, 2014 5:45 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's Energy and Natural Resources Authority on Sunday urged Palestinian officials to ship fuel to Gaza in order to increase the efficiency of the Strip's sole power plant.

"There have been no fuel shipments ... as a result of the disagreement between the Ministry of Finance and the General Petroleum Corporation over new fuel prices set by the Palestinian government," the authority said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the PA cabinet decided that it would exempt fuel bound for Gaza from taxes, the statement explained.

It said the energy authority had transferred 20 million shekels ($5.25 million) for fuel.

As a result of an eight-year Israeli siege on Gaza that limits the supply of fuel into the Strip, power is only allotted in eight-hour stretches, with frequent cuts.

Gaza has been forced into dependence on Israeli electricity as a result of the siege, which has crippled domestic production and repair capabilities.
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