Palestinians in besieged Gaza fear fuel shortage

Palestinian get most of their fuel from Egypt through a network of underground tunnels because of Israeli seiege on the land.

Palestinians in besieged Gaza fear fuel shortage

Residents in Israel-besieged Gaza Strip flocked to petrol stations on Saturday after clashes in neighbouring Egypt hampered those ferrying fuel supplies through tunnels that run under the border into the enclave, witnesses said.

Merchants and tunnellers said the pace of smuggling of fuel and other materials had dropped in recent days and reached its lowest level on Saturday as clashes between Egyptian residents of north Sinai and security forces intensified.

Fearing that makeshift fuel pipes that run through the tunnels would soon dry up completely, Gaza car owners filled their tanks to the brim and also took extra cans to stock up with additional supplies.

"Move now and fill your car," read a mobile phone text message that Gazans circulated.

A statement issued by Hamas officials tried to calm fears by issuing a statement saying that there was no shortage of any goods in the coastal strip but it did not deter drivers from filling their cars.

Palestinian get most of their fuel from Egypt through a network of underground tunnels because of Israeli seiege on the land.

Sounds of gunfire and explosions on the Egyptian side of the border could be heard across the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

Only a few dozen tunnels remain along Gaza's border with Egypt due to repeated Israeli air strikes and a stepped-up crackdown by Egypt's Mubarak.



Agencies

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