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Israel has resumed fuel supplies to Gaza's only power plant after
Israel has resumed fuel supplies to Gaza's only power plant after a four-day break, Israeli and Palestinian sources told RIA Novosti on Monday.

This weekend, all three turbines at Gaza's sole power plant stopped due to shortages in fuel, causing blackouts across the territory. The privately-owned plant produces some 60 megawatts of electricity, or one third of the region's demands with the other two thirds, or 141 megawatts, being supplied by Israel and Egypt.

Shortly after electricity supplies were cut off, 50 local bakeries announced they would shut down due to the fuel shortage.

The association for Gaza petrol station owners confirmed that diesel deliveries for the power plant had been resumed, but no details on quantities supplied are available so far.

Israeli security sources said that less fuel than intended was shipped last week due to frequent Palestinian mortar attacks from the Gaza Strip on Israeli border towns.

Israel has imposed restrictions on fuel supplies and deliveries of other essential goods to Gaza in an attempt to pressure Hamas over rocket attacks and since the radical group, considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the U.S. and some EU states, seized control of the enclave from the Fatah movement in June last year.


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