Egypt began on Wednesday to deliver a million litres of fuel to Gaza, a Palestinian official said, in an attempt to ease the Palestinian enclave’s desperate electricity crisis.
The fuel, trucked in through the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza, will be routed to the territory’s only power station closed since April due to fuel shortages.
The deliveries come two days after Israel began reducing its electricity supplies to Gaza, following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to stop paying for them.
Wael Abu Omar, the Rafah crossing spokesman, told AFP that eight shipments had entered, with a further 14 expected later in the day.
“A million litres (220,000 gallons) of fuel for the power plant will enter today,” he said.
That is enough to enable the power station to operate for two to three days, Samir Moutair, director general of the Gaza electricity company, told AFP.