Gaza Strip runs out of cooking gas

[ 19/01/2011 – 10:31 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– No trace of cooking gas was to be found in Gaza Tuesday, fuel companies warned, as the Israeli blockade limits supply and solutions appear unpromising.

Mahmud al-Shawa, head of the fuel companies assembly, warned of a humanitarian disaster as the strip’s stations run out of fuel and accumulate thousands of empty gas cylinders.

The answer to the crisis will require a daily supply of 300 tons of gas over no less than three straight months, Shawa said.

“The Gas crisis goes more than two months back. No gas has been supplied to Gaza for the past two days,” Shawa said.

With a daily requirement of 250 tons, only 130 tons reached the Gaza Strip daily last week.

Shawa accused Israel of rationing Gaza’s cooking gas as a means of tightening its four year economic siege of the region. Even though gas is not a commodity that should be subject to restrictions according to the blockade’s intent.

As all other border crossings are blocked, no more than 200 tons pass through the Karam Abu Salim Crossing on its best day. The crossing operates only five days weekly from 9am to 3pm.

Gaza Strip runs out of cooking gas.

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