Israel halts fuel supplies to Gaza after attack

Thursday, April 10, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Israel on Thursday halted all fuel supplies to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip a day after Palestinian terrorists infiltrated the terminal from where Israel transfers the fuel and killed two people.

Israeli officials said the Palestinians who will soon feel the effect of shrinking consumer and industrial fuel supplies should blame Hamas for their plight.

"Hamas is in charge of the Gaza Strip and is responsible for every terror attack that originates there," said Defense Minister Ehud Barak in a telephone conversation with visiting Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

A Foreign Ministry statement noted that Hamas and its allies in Gaza are purposely harming not only Israelis, but also their own people by attacking the very mechanisms Israel is using to try to aid the population of Gaza.

In an official complaint filed with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Gillerman pointed out that the Palestinians recently complained about fuel shortages in Gaza caused by an Israeli embargo, but then cynically attack the fuel terminal after Israel turns the taps back on.

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