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Gaza petrol stations boycott Israeli fuel shipments in protest
1 February 2008
Petrol stations in Gaza on Tuesday refused to receive fuel shipments from Israel except diesel for power plants and the cooking gas.
Mahmoud al-Khozendar, deputy director of the Union of Gaza Service Stations Owners, said the decision was made in a protest against Israeli overt reduction of the fuel supplies needed by Gaza.
He said that most of the petrol stations in Gaza have been closed except those run by individuals who brought fuel over the past five days from Egypt taking chances of tumult at Egypt-Gaza border.
"Israel reduces the fuel shipments to serve less than 10 percent of Gaza's needs," said al-Khozendar.
Israel allowed 50,000 liters of gasoline into Gaza during the past 12 days, while Gaza, in the normal condition, needs 120,000 liters a day, he said.
Diesel is also facing severe shortage in Gaza, where needs 350,000 liters a day but only has a total of 700,000 liters over the past 12 days.
Israel cut off fuel supplies to Gaza to the levels which used to be applied before October, 2007.
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