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. murry

    Gaza shares a border with Egypt why is the focus on Israel to supply goods and services to an enemy stronghold. I agree that civilians are suffering needlessly but why doesn't Egypt share the ire of the world to be a solution provider here ?

    April 10, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. marat

    I have little sympathy for the Palestinians–they VOTED Hamas into power, a terror group whose written Charter calls for "The Destruction of Israel." Hamas gave a green light to every terror group to send rockets into Israel to kill Israeli citizens. They EVEN attempted to bomb the power plant in Israel that was SUPPLYING GAZA with power–NUTS! Israel would have to be insane to provide electricity or ANYTHING to the regime that is trying to murder its own citizens. As for Two States, Hamas has had years now to actually BUILD something. But its one big slum since Israel pulled out every soldier from Gaza. Even the Israel greenhouses that used to produce beautiful vegetables produce nothing now and were used as rocket launch sites. Two States SOUNDS good, right? But warning–it can go the other way and we could easily wind up with a radical Islamic terror State. These are people who have never known real democracy and who have warring factions amongst themselves. Message to the Palestinians and Hamas: TERROR=ZERO INVESTMENT=POVERTY. They created it. Let them reform or suffer the consequences.

    April 10, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sage Sister

    Get them a Solar Power Sponsor....
    If they want Independance.. then act independantly!

    April 10, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fraser

    This posting does not mention that the lack of fuel is not because of a disaster or poverty. It is because of yet another blockade (If we call it that), It means the blockade is doing what Israel wants. I feel that is wrong to try and build sympathy with a report like this without telling the reason for the plight. Those countries are too used to fighting. I can't feel much sympathy anymore.

    April 10, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Edward of Englsnd

    One can easily blame Israel for all of Gaza’s troubles, but the truth of the matter is very simple, all Palestinians had to do was to recognise Israel’s right to exist. They haven’t to date and even made it tougher on themselves by listening to Hamas dictate administration policies. When Israel left Gaza, it did leave lots of agricultural structures behind and left them intact. The Gazans destroyed all of them. As the old saying goes, “The Palestinians never lost an opportunity to lose an opportunity” It’s no different this time around. I have my doubts that if the tables were reverse whether they would provide anything at all to the Israelis. All I can say to Palestinians is: ”Get your act together and start making peace instead of war. War will bring nothing but more misery to you and your families. Stop listening to Hamas for directives. For once, use good common sense. Recognise Israel’s right to exist and the walls of separation will come tumbling down”

    April 10, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paf

    Palestinians stuck in their own vicious circle: "poor unhappy"-"envy their rich neighbour"-"attacking Israel"-"being attacked back=ruined infrastructure/trade restrictions"-"poor unhappy"

    April 10, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. freeman

    Maybe it's time the people of gaza knock hamas out of power, release the kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit and get that blockade over. the sooner the better for them.

    April 10, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. timothyn

    And then Israel wonders why crude rockets are fired at them. If somebody stopped our oil shipments, we would immediately declare war & wipe them out. Israeli oppression of Palestinians fuels resentment & hurts our standing in the Middle east and around the world. We need to Stop giving Israel billions in aid and approach this in a more balanced way. Ofcourse, this will not happen since Israel has our politicians by the balls.

    April 10, 2010 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sharif Chowdhury

    it's not a war, it's an occupation and systematic genocide

    April 10, 2010 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hatim

    And the Palestenians are the terrorists??? Israil bombs UN schools/ blows up nurseries/ kills inocent women and children/ masacre and entire population....and then they are defending themselves and the ones being killed "palestenians" are the terrorists??? I wonder who could have their land stolen from them, their entire family slaughtered, their community destroyed and then expected to sit and wait until Israil feels like giving them basic human rights!!

    April 10, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. bman

    I think that most people can appreciate the fustration that would be felt trying to negotiate with an opposing side containing so many violent elements. That said the Israeli government does not operate in a peace friendly way much of the time and certainly disregards international law. An analogy would be western voting rights for women. Had there been some violent feminist type groups during that period' it would not have taken from the underlying principle that women deserved the equal right to vote. The violent womens groups may have slowed down women getting the vote because of their actions but that would not take from the underlying truth of their right to vote. Israel with the better educated society and the miltary power has the resposibility to find a solution. We understand their fustration.

    April 10, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Noor

    Derek,

    you are obviously and grossly unaware of Israel's responsibilities as the occupying power of the coastal enclave. The subject matter at hand is not fairness but customary humanitarian international law. Israel is responsible, as the occupying power of the Gaza Strip, for allowing humanitarian supplies like fuel to enter. As the occupying power, Israel must treat the Palestinians in the same way it treats its citizens.

    Israel's actions towards the people of Gaza in the last four years can be described as nothing but war crimes and crimes against humanity. How are you to starve 1.5 million people, cage them up like a pack of rats having nowhere to go, strike them with banned chemical weapons and 155-mm artillery shells and expect a two-state solution to take effect? The majority of those who died due to this inhumane siege were not Hamas or Islamic Jihad fighters, but children, whose lives were claimed by rampant malnutrition and starvation. Hamas still exists. It's much more popular among the Arabs, Muslims, and Christians of Palestine and the rest of the Arab and Muslim World, including Iran. Hamas has been more legitimized, and even the EU now recognizes that talks to reach a diplomatic settlement to the conflict will prove failures if Hamas is not incorporated into the negotiation process. The Gaza "war" even boosted Hamas' military might. It was able to hit farther targets into Israel proper than ever before. Those who paid heavily for this "war" were civilians, mostly children. The Gaza "War" was no war.

    Justice is a precondition for peace. It precedes peace just as structural change precedes behavioral change.

    As long as the international community remains silent when Palestinians are massacred, and as long as the United States continues to support the State of Israel unconditionally via economic, military, and diplomatic aid, there will be no peace in our time and neither in our children's.

    April 10, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Billy

    As long as Allah is great and death to america remains the main theme from
    Islam there will never be peace in the middle east. Islam is a sickness not a
    religion............

    April 10, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. ross berg

    Unfortunatly the Gazan's have only themselves to blame. They freely elected the radicals to be their government and this is what they got.

    I know it will sound harsh but perhaps the kindest thing the Israelies could do would be to further tighten the noose so that the Gazans throw these radicals out and get representatives that deal in realities?? Otherwise their suffering will go on forever as the wackos will never overcome nor wear out the Israelis...it ain't gonna happen!!!

    April 10, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Larry Kegel

    Israel doesn't care if Palestine becomes a Country... But they will not give up Their Capital to them!!! There is plenty of other land they can have there for themselves... They should have to make PEACE before Israel gives them any land!!! It sure never worked the other way...

    April 10, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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