Gaza's only power plant shut down due to lack of fuel

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The power plant operates largely on diesel deliveries from Israel, which closed border crossings with Palestinian territory earlier this week.

The single power plant Gaza Strip power station is shut down on Saturday for lack of fuel, a spokesman for the power company said on the fifth day of Israel's complete closure of the Palestinian enclave. /p>

The power station in Gaza has stopped [working] due to a fuel shortage, Mohammed Thabet said in a statement.

The site operates largely on diesel deliveries from Israel, which closed border crossings with Palestinian territory earlier this week.

L&#x27 The Jewish State feared actions from the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the arrest, in the occupied West Bank, of a leader of the Islamic Jihad group, an organization well established in the enclave under Israeli blockade .

Israel launched a preemptive strike against Islamic Jihad in Gaza on Friday, killing 15 fighters in ongoing strikes, the army said. Gaza authorities reported 12 dead, including a five-year-old girl, and more than 80 injured.

Islamic Jihad retaliated with barrages of rockets into Israel.

By ordering the closure of border crossings on Tuesday, Israeli authorities prevented the delivery of the diesel needed to power the plant and also forced thousands of Gazans, holders of work permits in Israel, to stay at home. /p>

Gaza Electricity Utility had earlier Saturday warned in a statement that shutting down the plant would affect all utilities and critical infrastructure and exacerbate the humanitarian situation.

She called on all parties to urgently intervene and allow the entry of fuel for the power station to operate.

The 2.3 million inhabitants of the Palestinian territory regularly face power cuts. Last week they only had 10 hours of electricity a day on average, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The Gaza Strip, under the control of Hamas, has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007, when the Palestinian Islamist movement took power there.

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