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Gaza power cut, restored

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A hold-up in Israeli fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip led to power shortages for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

An Israeli fuel company, Dor Alon, suspended supplies to Gaza last week after the military shut down a border depot citing fears of Palestinian terrorist attacks. That prompted Gaza’s main electricity plant to scale back its output, with power cut to as many as a quarter of the territory’s 1.5 million residents.

The weekend saw urgent talks between representatives of the Hamas-led administration in Gaza and Israeli authorities, circumventing the freeze on offical diplomatic contacts between the sides.

On Sunday, Israel said fuel would be provided anew to Gaza through an alternative route, allowing for full power generation to be restored.

 

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