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. derek

    fairness has never been apart of war. um what if israel lost power like this and has to depend on gaza for light? would gaza be so kind as to give israel a 6 hr courtesy as well? not that i care about these two ancient war adversarier...but i think it best a two state solution should be a reality for these two old enemies by the time obama second term end.

    April 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jonas

    Yah, doteMD Hamas is blockading itself and its people, not allowing in essentials, such as pasta and lentils, much less gas, to appeal more to its people. Blaming hamas is like saying the Jewish resistance in Nazi Germany are the reason the nazi's resorted to concentration camps.

    April 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hadi

    It is a shame on all civilized people to allow such an atrocity to happen before our eyes and ears without doing anything. Gaza has become one huge concentraction camp with Israel as the guard. This is nothing but state terrorism and a modern day holocaust.

    April 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Human99

    What an ignorant and Zionistic thing to say. "fairness has never been a part of war". What an arrogant stupid statement. Israel is subjecting millions of people to death. For what? Crude missles with no war heads? That is just stupid. Israel is a terrorist state that tortures people to weaken them and bring them to their knees.

    April 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. michel plante

    Remember to scenes in Damascus in the movie Lawrence of Arabia, when the victorious arab armies try to run the "liberated" city's health, water and power systems? It was seen as an unfair oejorative portrayal at the time,,,huhhhhh

    April 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andyk

    Thats why we have international law and the geneva convention and human rights...Fairness? When one country is holding an entire civilian population hostage in order to punish a group that they have been unable to eradicate even when they fully controlled the gaza strip themselves, this is inhumane and cruel. Israelis want security to walk down the street and goto a club and restaurant and enjoy their free lives... how about palesinian civilians rights to enjoy the luxuries of electricity, water, and not be subjected to work closures and humuliating searches and closed borders? How long can Israel force a civilian population to suffer??

    April 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. qwertyqwert

    Derek, this is not a war; it's an occupation. Wars take place between sovereign nations, not between occupiers and the occupied. Fighting for freedom against occupation is resistance, not war. Taking a people's land, stripping them of all their rights, and brutalizing them does not qualify as war either, although it could fall under other labels...oppression, tyrrany, state-sponsored terrorism...

    April 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fahad Sajid

    Shut off power to the Jews, how will they run their apartheid walls now?

    April 10, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Fahad M Sajid

      I was alerted of this post and I just want to make it clear that even though we share the same first and last name, we have completely different approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Your comments here and on other pages reek of anti-Semitism, and I do not want to be associated with them.

      Fahad M Sajid
      Political Science
      University of Michigan, 2010

      May 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Fahad M Sajid

      Correction: University of Michigan, 2011

      May 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. george

    as long as the internatonal community allows israel to treat Gaza as an open air prison ,there will be no end to the difficulties the gaza people wll endure.luckily now we have Obama who is "trying" to change the previous Bush administration 's bias attitude towards Israel. it is not only electricity the gaza people neeed but "real freedom' and frree access to all the supplies they need for their srvival.

    April 10, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Achbar mevin

    The last time we heard from Hamas in Gaza about electricity shortages, we also saw photos of cabinet meetings held in candle light, but through the cracks between the curtains you could see that outside there was daylight. The photos were taken by local stringers of western media. These liars will stop at nothing to plead that they are poor and miserable. At the same time they bring into Gaza missiles, explosives and even vehicles through the tunnels under the Egyptian border and continue to shell Israelis civilians with their rockets. They also have a pipeline of fuel through the tunnel, but perhaps now the Egyptians are limiting their smuggling. Hamas is a major threat to Egypt, being an arm of the Muslim Brothers, a fanatic Islamic organization trying to establish Islamic rule in Egypt.

    April 10, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Wolfchief

    Gaza.

    Hamas is a group of thugs. An agenda of of Thugs Hamas is and the great mystery is why would the people of Gaza vote for these thugs in the first place? Fuel for thugs who love thugs and Jordan will not except these sons thugs where thery first came from.

    This is a history no wants to hear or accept and world becomes deaf of true history and the Hamas and the Gazans who voted for these thugs will continue to live in the dark....and blame the Jewish people and no one knows why they live in hate....and they are dark....

    April 10, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tee

    Hypotheticals are luxuries for those holding the gun. It's difficult to be human if you don't think the other side has brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, babies and children, ... just like you.

    Stop preaching to your children that the other side consists of lesser beings. Start preaching the fact that everyone in the world, including the other side, has the right to have peace in their heart 24 x 7 instead of just 6 hrs of a day.

    April 10, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Warmonkey

    There is no excuse for this. It is sick and the Israeli Govn'mnt is sick. Enough! Israel needs to get in line with US policy or get cut off from billions of our money + loan guerentees every year! Caught em off, then ecomomic sanctions. Time to get tough withy Israel, before she destroys herself.

    April 10, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. SDJ

    Gaza borders Egypt. Why won't Egypt supply them with fuel?

    April 10, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. blogger

    Sad to see world had blinded eyes for Gaza and Palenstine.. people die and suffer everyday bcoz of Israel brutality..
    SHAME SHAME ON US and other countries...

    April 10, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
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