Palestinian official sinks Gaza power plant lie

Sunday, May 04, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

A senior official with the Gaza Energy Authority on Sunday discredited an lie printed by media outlets earlier in the day that an Israeli embargo on industrial fuel had resulted in the Gaza Strip's only electrical power plant shutting down one of its four turbines.

Speaking to the Associated Press, energy official Kaanan Obeid revealed that industrial fuel supplies from Israel continue to reach the power plant, calling the shutting down of one of its turbines into question.

Over the past year, Gaza's Hamas rulers have been called out by Israel on numerous occasions for staging phony crises related to Israel's limited embargo on non-essential goods.

The issue of fuel supplies to Gaza has been in the news for several months, though Palestinian, European and United Nations officials all recently acknowledged that any shortages of fuel should be blamed on Hamas for refusing to receive or transport supplies from Israel and for repeatedly attacking the terminal from where Israel pumps fuel into Gaza.

Even if Gaza's power plant shuts completely down, it would not cause a blackout, as two-thirds of Gaza's electricity is provided directly by Israel.

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