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Gaza: 3 children burn to death as energy crisis bites

Three Palestinian children were found dead Sunday in a fire in their room caused by a candle being used due to lack of electricity in Gaza, an emergency services official said.
"A fire broke out in the children's room," said Adham Abu Selmiya, emergency services spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.



"Apparently the fire was caused by a candle which was being used after the electricity was cut," he said, adding that the tragedy occurred in the town of Deir Balah, in the center of the coastal strip.


A fourth child, aged six months, was badly burned and taken to hospital, added Selmiya.


The children, aged two, five and six, were members of the Bashir family, a relative said.



The Gaza Strip's sole power station shuddered to a halt a week ago, running out of fuel just 48 hours after some 450,000 liters were delivered to the coastal strip from Israel.



The weeks-long crisis is inflaming political tensions between Hamas and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.

Leaders of the rival factions are trading accusations over the shortage, accusing each other of negligence- "The Palestinian people are subjected to a conspiracy to break the will of the people," Hamas leader Khalil Haya told CNN.





Gazans blame Hamas for energy crisis -



Online campaign launched by Strip residents call on Palestinian public to go on general strike in protest of growing electricity, fuel shortage.


An official Palestinian source said that the planned strike will not succeed because Gazans are too afraid of Hamas' security apparatus. However, the source added that the very call for a strike should be seen as a sign of Hamas' failure to smoothly run the Strip.


According to the source, "Hamas will do anything to curtail any acts of protest, including arrests."


As for the prospects of resolving the energy crisis, the Palestinian source noted that Hamas has no interest in reaching an agreement with Egypt or the Palestinian Authority because it makes a large profit from smugglings.


"Hamas is not interested to see taxes from fuel sales reaching Ramallah (PA)," he noted.







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Added: Apr-2-2012 Occurred On: Apr-2-2012
By: aydeo
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  • dude...basic stuff. dont let kids play with candles. kinda like the matches thing.

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  • I wonder how much will jump and blame Israel, even that even in Gaza they claim that Hamas choose not to deal and solve this crisis, for it's own interests.

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    • @aydeo

      That seems to be the present Israeli spin argument. Blame Hamas for the shortages rather than the inability of Hamas to import fuel oil.

      Your 450,000 litres - 450 Tonnes - of generator fuel lasted a couple of days yet you were overjoyed to report the merciful delivery of this scant morsel on LL.

      How about you report on free borders and the ability of fuel tankers to moor at Gaza and deliver workable fuel supplies?

      The power supply and the alternate - Israeli supplied electricity - is More..

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  • Why didnt they invite their friends?``

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  • Send more candles to Gaza

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  • It's just a mess over there.

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  • It wasn't due to lack of electricity. It was due to stupidity.

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  • Ya, its the bastards that won't give them electricity that killed those kids, not their STUPID parents. Nope. Not buying that BS either. Muslims are their own worst enemy!

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  • I'll say prayers for these kids, for all the Gazan children who don't get a choice or understand what's happening.

    For the rest of the LL's that are heartless, fuck you and pray this doesn't happen to your children because of lack of energy.

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