All Gaza petrol stations shut for lack of fuel

Petrol stations shut across the Gaza Strip on Sunday because Israel provided only restricted quantities of fuel.

All Gaza petrol stations shut for lack of fuel
Petrol stations shut across the Gaza Strip on Sunday because Israel continued to provide only restricted quantities of fuel to the Hamas-run territory, industry officials and witnesses said.

"Sorry, no fuel, no benzine, no petrol," read a typical sign posted at a Gaza City petrol station.

"All stations in Gaza have been shut down because there is no fuel of any kind," Mahmud al-Khuzudnar, a deputy chief of a Gaza association for petrol stations said.

Israel, which provides Gaza with all its fuel, has delivered only restricted supplies since October 28 and Khuzudnar said that the association was not releasing for sale the quantities received on Sunday in protest of the cuts.

Khuzudnar said that 60,000 litres of diesel came through via Israel on Sunday instead of the 350,000 litres that are needed on a daily basis.

"We are not putting the 60,000 litres on sale to protest at the cutbacks," Khuzudnar said, adding that the fuel would go into storage.

Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups had appealed to Israel's Supreme Court to halt the restrictions, calling them an act of illegal collective punishment that endangered civilians.

But on Friday the court said the state could continue with the cuts, claiming it was possible to do so without affecting the humanitarian situation in the territory, home of 1.5 million Palestinians.

The restrictions have sparked concern that the humanitarian situation in the territory, where the vast majority of people depend on aid, would deteriorate.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Aralık 2007, 14:12
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