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. renji1

    figures.... Israel claims its doing this to protect itself when in reality all they are doing is condemning them to live them without their basic rights.... they need to stop bullying gaza and keep to themselves

    April 10, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. WMD

    Shortage of fuel, why? My guess is they are blocking fuel from entering, how nice to give them power for short periods instead of allowing fuel or providing some. A 2000th century genocide, lets mock them while Israel mistreats and kills them.

    April 10, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. ELEN

    Have anybody asked what that gas was used for? How it is happened that it was used so fast? Was it used by civilians or by hamas for some military plants? It is so easy to blame Israel. And why other Arab Muslim countries could not help?

    April 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Max

    Hamas wants the destruction of Israel and its charter calls not only for the destruction of the Jewish State but also of anything non-Muslim.

    Not having light is not horrific as some comments would lead to think. When the USSR collapsed, most Southern republics did not have electricity for years and no one complained. It's not comfortable, but you adjust (been there, done that).

    Stop showing Muslims as victims. They are the architect of their own misery and use it to motivate terror and Jihad against the West.

    April 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pierre

    The siege of Gaza is collective punishment of a civilian population and is a war crime under the Geneva conventions. Commonsense says that punishing an entire civilian population, including women and children, can only help to foster more desperation and hatred. An entire new generation of Palestinian kids are growing up without access to proper education, proper water, decent food and medical care while they watch Israel's unmanned drones and warplanes and helicopters dominate the sky.

    If we want peace, we must also stand for justice and human rights.

    April 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Francis Arif

    Let there be light is definately not the policy on which Israel and its allies thrive and will not be in the foreseeable future. Therefore let there be darkness for others and light for Israil and its allies. But remember the rules of nature dictates that day is followed by night therefore I am afraid what will happen if the the justice of Nature somehow someday implements itself.

    April 10, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. israel is a terror state

    israel neither wants to integrate the arabs nor give them independant state, israel benefits from the ongoing occupation, so it can go on stealing land from the palestinians.

    April 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. EZE33

    A 2 state solution implies that Hamas would have to recognize Israel as a state whcih they do not. They have brought everything upon themselves and the poor Palestinians the "govern" (if you can call it that). Promoting hated and further glorifying viloence by naming institutions after terrorists isnt going to help their plight. These are people who value death more than life and propogate this belief through deceit and propoganda. The people probably want peace and only "hate" Isaelis based on the lies they are told - about their religion and their place in history. These poor people are misled to believe that death brings great glory. Hammas needs to acknowledge Israels existance before anything positive can happen. They need embrace education and actually govern these radical groups - something they have proven they are unable to do. Thus they are not a government but a deceitful and ruthless terrorist orgtanization. They kill more ofgtheir own people than anyone. Sad. Too many stupid people on this site.

    April 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. t

    There are over 20 Moslem countries in the world. Why don't any of them give fuel to Gaza?

    April 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. arnan anwer

    What ! gaza without power. Palistinian having hardship. So what's new.May be a comment or two from so called world leaders.

    April 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mohamad

    It is a shame on all civilized people to allow Gaza send Rackets to Israeli civilians and expect Israel to help them. Gaza rulers follow the Iran's Government's advice as pays them money to do the attack on Israel.
    Why the Gaza authority is not using all the incoming money toward the Gaza economy issues, but they spend it to make rackets,

    What do you do if your civilians has to live on FEAR of Rackets? How do you respond to attackers who are hiding behind their civilian’s houses and children’s?

    Instead of digging the Egypt bother to smuggle the weapon to Gaza, can't their time and effort to create housing, building economy, improve the civilian life style?

    April 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mohamad

    Assume you trust and give Billions of Dollars to help Gaza Government, What do expect they do with the money?
    Do HAMAS spend at least part of the money to improve civilian’s life style? Or most of the money goes to Gaza authority’s private bank accounts and their family?
    Like Yasser Arafat spend Millions of dollars of Palestinian money for his Non-Moslem wife in Paris.

    April 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jIM

    Hamas is a terrorist organization, just like the PLO. The Palestinias deserve much better. Justice is not pre-condition to peace, it is a hopeful result of peace. If the Palestians really want change, then they have to be real partners for peace. So much of their plight is their own doing. I would feel more sorry for them if their conditions (poor indeed) were not the result of the policies of THEIR leaders. So many times throughout history it has been shown that people, like sheep, will follow the wrong leaders. When the Palestian people finally say enough is enough (of their corrupt and violent leaders), they will be rewarded with true peace and prosperity.

    April 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MexAm

    Call, write, or email your elected representatives and ask them to vote against any aid to Israel. Enough is enough. Tell them you are sick of the Jews who take your hard earned money in foreign aid and won't do as we ask them to. Let them fend for themselves! Stop Aid to Israel!!!!

    April 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Colin Goodman

    So, will anyone defending the palestinians and blaming Israel step up and answer the question of why Israel alone should provide power to the gaza strip. I have seen this point raised a few times now that Egypt also borders gaza. Should Egypt not be held accountable as well for not allowing fuel to enter gaza from their side? Is Egypt stepping in and filling the 12 hours of darkness by at least matching Israel's 6 hours of energy? More importantly should they or anyone else have too? Seems to me the palestinian cause went out the window when they embraced Hamas as their leaders.

    April 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
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