GAZA Ė Egypt sent 11 trucks loaded with one million liters of fuel to Gaza Strip on Wednesday in an attempt to ease the crippling power crisis after the Israeli government cut its electricity supply to the Palestinian territory.
The convoy of trucks carrying Palestinian and Egyptian flags reached the only power plant in the coastal enclave, inoperative since mid-April, days after talks between Egypt and the Hamas group, the governing authority in Gaza Strip, which were aimed at alleviating supply shortages, according to Gazaís deputy interior minister, Tawfik Abu Naim.
The halt at the plant triggered a power crisis in Gaza, aggravated by Israelís reduced power supply at the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas took the decision to apply financial pressure on Hamas to restore territorial control of the coastal enclave to the presidentís Fatah movement after the Islamist militant group seized control of the area in 2007.
Israel has reduced eight megawatts of electricity to Gaza, so the Strip will be supplied with power for only two hours, instead of four hours a day.
Gaza consumes daily between 480 and 500 megawatts, 120 of which came from Israel, 30 from Egypt and the rest are generated in the plant, which has been closed until today.