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Israel to allow fuel into Gaza
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Gaza99(5).jpgIsrael was to allow the resumption of diesel deliveries into Gaza on Sunday, a day after the territory's sole power plant stopped working due to a lack of fuel, officials said.
 
The fuel deliveries were to resume on Sunday following an order from the defense ministry, said a statement from COGAT, the defense ministry unit responsible for crossings into Gaza, according to AFP. 
 
The power plant, which supplies some 30 percent of Gaza's electricity needs, fell silent for 50 days in the latter part of 2013 due to lack of fuel but resumed operations in late December.
 
The defense ministry had on Thursday shut down the Kerem Shalom goods crossing into southern Gaza after militants there fired scores of rockets over the border, although no-one was injured.
 
Israel hit back with air strikes, which also caused no injuries, and officials ordered the closure of the terminal, halting all deliveries, including fuel with the power station halting operation on Saturday.
 
Israel routinely closes the crossing to mount the pressure on the besieged Palestinians and their rulers in Gaza.
 
The fuel is purchased from Israel by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority which also facilitates the delivery because the territory's Islamist Hamas rulers do not recognize Israel and do not have any direct dealings with its officials.
 
Gaza lacks much basic civil infrastructure and lives under an Egyptian-Israeli blockade which curbs imports of fuel and building supplies.
 
A few months ago the plant was switched off for 43 days due to a fuel shortage that arose after neighboring Egypt closed off smuggling tunnels. Israel eventually allowed in fuel paid for by Qatar when a storm swept the region.

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