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Israel's Kerem Shalom border crossing opened to allow fuel into Gaza

Oct. 14, 2016 6:03 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2016 5:13 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces Friday opened the Kerem Shalom crossing between the besieged Gaza Strip and Israel to allow the import of fuel into the coastal enclave.

Samir Hamadeh, a board member of an organization representing Gaza’s fuel and gas companies, told Ma’an that the crossing was opened, allowing diesel and gasoline to be pumped into the Gaza Strip.

Hamadeh said there were issues with the pump transporting cooking gas into the besieged enclave, adding that the pump broke and was not able to properly pump enough quantities.

Hamadeh added that the Gaza Strip needs some 400 tons of gas daily to meet the needs of the residents of the small Palestinian territory, but no more than 280 tons had entered the crossing on Friday.

Kerem Shalom is one of two operating Israeli crossings out of the blockaded coastal enclave, dedicated primarily to the movement of goods and the only crossing available for the import of fuel.

Pedestrians moving in and out of the Gaza Strip travel through the Erez crossing, which is closed to the majority of the Gaza's Palestinian residents.

The majority of the more than 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to a near-decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

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