Israeli Court: Do not cut electricity, but could be reduced to Gaza

Israel's High Court ordered the state Friday to delay by two weeks a plan to cut electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip, but said fuel supplies to the salient could be reduced.

Israeli Court: Do not cut electricity, but could be reduced to Gaza
The court said further deliberations and clarifications were needed about the decision to cut electricity, Israeli media reported.

In addition, the three-judge panel headed by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish said that fuel supplies to the impoverished salient could only be reduced so long as the humanitarian needs of the residents were taken into account.

The court was responding to a petition against the pan filed by filed by 10 human rights groups.

The Israeli plan for sanctions against the Strip, approved last month by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, would see a cut in electricity for several hours a day to to the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun and nearby areas.

The Israeli initiative for sanctions followed a September decision by the cabinet to declare the Gaza Strip a "hostile" entity.


Agencies

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