April 9th, 2010
07:55 PM ET

Much of Gaza without power after fuel shortage

Much of Gaza was in the dark on Friday evening after the main power plant shut down because of a fuel shortage, a spokesman for the plant said.

Northern and central Gaza, including densely populated Gaza City, were without power on Friday, Gaza Electric Company spokesman Jamal Dirdisawai said Friday.

The power plant had to shut down because there isn't enough fuel to operate the generators, Dirdisawai said.

"We are in a huge crisis, there is no fuel coming into the Gaza strip," he said.

The company has resorted to operating on the Israeli rotation distribution line, Dirdisawai said. That line provides electricity to areas for up to 6 hours at a time, followed by 12 hours without, he said.

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  1. Chad

    t's not a war, it's an occupation and systematic genocide
    Posted by: Sharif Chowdhury

    No, it IS indeed a war, one declared by the Palestinians themselves. It remains in the Palestinian constitution that Israel must be wiped out. If that isn't a statement of war I don't know what is. So, I can see why Israel might be concerned that Hamas and the other factions in Gaza will use any opportunity to import arms under a lifting of the blockade. Hamas is holding its own people as hostages. Don't blame Israel for that. Israel withdrew every one of its soldiers from Gaza and all the Israelis got from that was thousands of rockets raining down on Israeli towns and villages. Yeah, they are crude missiles but they still instill the same terror and fear in the population even if they aren't that accurate. And by the way, Hamas and the other factions INTENTIONALLY target Israeli civilian population centers. That should be a major concern to all who claim to be humanitarians.

    April 10, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CoreySeth

    Israel has a right to exist and not have to worry about mortars landing in there back yard. I do wish the palestenians could co-exist with them, however there is to much hatred. No different than Iran and there rediculous president wanting to eradicate Israel.

    April 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck

    I read all the different comments, and find that nearly everyone responding is biased in some way or other. The reality is that both sides are committing attrocities, and NEITHER side actually has a claim to the land. The Jews were kicked out of the holyland almost 1500 years ago,and most jews living there are decendants of Eastern Europeans. The Palastinians are actually Jordanians, as Palastine is a term coined by the Brittish, and there is no historic Palastine in the context used today. As far as terrorism, both sides are guilty. What kind of person would send their children to blow themselves up? And what kind of civilization would bulldoze an old lady's home because some kids threw rocks in front of her house?

    April 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Passingthru

    The reason the power plant shut down is because Hamas and Fatah are fighting over who should pay the fuel bills.

    Not that I expect that to resonate with any of the anti-Israeli commenters here.

    I guess Israel should give free electricity to the people trying to destroy them, right?

    April 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WMD

    problems in gaza, west bank, palestine, did not start with the election of Hamas. The palestinian people have been inhumanely treated for years. How anyone can defend the actions of the IDF are beyond me. THe US should stop vetoing everything that the
    United Nations decides to do about this. They pass resolutions every year but no one can accomplish anything. The 5 permanent members whose veto power stops anything in its tracks, (US, Russia, China, Britain, France), the United States veto's anything when it comes to Israel. We all know thats why US didn't have UN backing for Iraq, it was vetoed but a permanent member. If the US really wants to help solve this it will stop the rest of the world from action at the United Nations. Back them if war but make them see they do not have US backing for the hitler like crimes against the palestinian people.

    April 10, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jerry

    Enough whining about the "poor Palestinians", already! First, there is no such thing; so-called "Palestinians" are just the descendants of Arabs who stole the land from the Jews in the first place. At least the Israelis haven't forced all these Moslem Arabs to convert to Judaism or die, which was the choice many of their ancestors were forced to make by the occupying forces of Islam. Israel shows remarkable restraint in not simply killing ALL these occupiers and taking back what is rightfully theirs.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sagebrush

    You mean none of these oil-rich Middle Eastern nations can figure out how to get some fuel to Gaza? I think it could go through Egypt.
    Of course Hamas is the duly elected government in charge of the Gaza strip so they must shoulder the majority of the blame for wretched conditions in their territory.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    The Israeli's are a bunch of US sponsored terrorists. They don't give a crap about anyone beside themselves. Why we keep pandering to them way beyond logic. They kick us in the teeth while our VP visits by announcing more settlements and we say "oh, you shouldn't do that"... and then look the other way. Then we pretend that the Palestinians, a group of occupied/imprisoned people can actually negotiate in some logical fashion to gain statehood. Come on.. the Israelis have no need to negotiate, they hold all of the cards, and we supply them with weapons. The US is just as guilty as the Israelis of establishing and supporting the state of apartheid in Israel and the imprisonment of the Palestinians in Gaza. Ironically we have a black president who basically supports this modern form of "slavery and imprisonment" in the middle east. Gee perhaps we should round up all of he native Americans and do the same to them, after all we won that war also.. Oh wait, we did, but we called them reservations back then... Apparently somethings never change.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. layk

    Why wont the Big Moslem Nations who would like to errase the Israelite state in the face of the earth help the "oppressed" Palestenian people?

    April 11, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nasser

    People of Gaza are like any other in the world, wants to live in peace and build there nation, some of you are asking why not to ask Egypt to give us electricity (which by they way they provide electricity) I reply Egypt didn't occupy Palestine Israel did and made me a refugee.

    It's a matter of rights a matter of principle since Israel is an occupier country it must deal with the occupied people and territories with there needs and wants.

    Or what do the people from the land of freedom think?

    April 11, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    Its not the people of Gaza that worry me, its their leaders and their political and religious agenda. The people want peace, but not their leaders. What a waste of the human experience that we fight over soil, boarders and flags. The human experience is short and history repeatedly shows us that politicians will sacrifice the youth of their citizens for political and religious nonsense. It makes any rational person want to vomit.

    April 11, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jane Overton

    last I heard, Israel gave up Gaza. Also last I heard, as soon as they did, mortar shells were set up on the Golan Heights. That day! Every time the Palestinians get within firing range of Israel, they fire. Whats to do?

    April 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jane Overton

    The big question is Does Israel have the right to exist. I would like to see some answers here. The Palestinians do not recognize Israels right to exist and they kill Israelis wherever they can. I cannot fathom any genuine religious leader telling young people to suicide so long as they take a few Jews with them. Will that hatred ever pay off? Many, not all, followers of Islam say out loud that they will not rest till Israel is destroyed. Whats to do?

    April 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Abraham Abrahamson

    This is not new piece of news to be astonished about. The rogue state of Israel has been throwing Human Rights, Geneva Conventions and the International Community Ideals aside with contempt since its inception. As long the United States is supporting Israel in the Security Council nothing positive will come to light for the indignant Palestinians – only more suffering and more hatred.

    Words of anger and condemnation are not enough to stop the Zionists atrocities. Where are the Positive Actions, like the boycott of the apartheid rogue states of Rhodesia and South Africa.

    April 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. msk

    There is a fuel shortage because the Palestinian Authority is refusing to pay for fuel shipments to Gaza. This is about the fight between Fatah and Hamas. To the extent that there is electricity in Gaza it's because Israel is giving it to the people of Gaza for free. So why exactly is the power shortage Israel's fault?

    April 20, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
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