Egypt sends fuel to power-starved Gaza, undercuts Abbas

Egypt sends fuel to power-starved Gaza, undercuts Abbas


Israel’s electricity power plant in Ashkelon is seen as people bath near kibbutz Zikim, on the Israel Gaza Border, Monday, June 19, 2017. Israel’s national electric company on Monday cut back its already limited electricity shipments to the Gaza Strip in a step that is expected to worsen the power crunch plaguing the Hamas-controlled seaside territory. The company confirmed that the Israeli government instructed it to reduce the power supply to Gaza at the request of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ government in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

GAZA, Palestinian Territory — Egypt on Wednesday trucked 1 million litres of cheap diesel fuel to the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant — a rare shipment that temporarily eased a crippling electricity crisis in the Hamas-ruled enclave but also appeared to undercut Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.