Sources in Israel, Strip confirm scheduled transfer of 450,000 liters of diesel fuel necessary for Gaza power plant.
A shipment of 450,000 liters of gasoline and diesel fuel purchased by the Palestinian Authority will be sent into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Friday, after Israel agreed to permit the transfer.
Over a year ago, Hamas ceased importing fuel from Israel.
Palestinian sources noted that for the first time the Palestinian Authority would pay for the fuel supply, following a decision made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The fuel infusion would allow the Gaza power plant to operate at full capacity for the first time in over a month.
Nazmi Mhana, director-general of the Palestinian Crossings Authority noted that Israel's Dor Alon will be supplying the diesel fuel.
Mhana stressed that Abbas' decision stemmed from the urgent need to solve power supply problems to vital Gaza institutions, such as hospitals.
Israeli source confirmed that the transfer will take place on Friday, adding that the operation was approved by Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Eitan Dangot, in view of the dire situation in Gaza.
The PA said there was an urgent need to resolved the issue of diesel fuel supply to the Strip and that all the parties involved, namely the PA, Hamas government in Gaza and Egypt, were working to finalize a solution.
Over the past few years, Hamas' government has been able to facilitate diesel fuel transfers to the Strip through Gaza's smuggling tunnels, but Egypt has put a stop to it in recent months.
Hamas protests in opposition to Egypt's moves are expected to take place today. The temporary, partial solution to the fuel crisis in Gaza follows debates in the Egyptian parliament, with Muslim Brotherhood MPs lobbying the Egyptian government to ship fuel to Gaza. Brotherhood efforts to achieve a fuel shipment deal were met with opposition from other parts of the Egyptian government, remnants of Hosni Mubarak's regime.
The Dor Alon fuel company will transfer the gasoline and diesel fuel.
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