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Gaza running on near empty

Posted by uscsjp on April 7, 2008

Fishing boats anchored at Gaza\'s fishing port at sunset, March 2008. Israel\'s reduced fuel shipments have grounded boats as well as cars. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)

“GAZA CITY, 5 April (IPS) – Ayman Eid stands as motionless as his orange Hyundai taxi. Never mind taking a passenger somewhere, Ayman has no idea how he will ever get home.

The queue at the petrol station seems endless. Drivers have run out of petrol even to queue up in their cars; they just queue up themselves, empty cans in hand. Only the lucky leave with a full can by the end of a day.

Others park near petrol stations and sleep in their cars, in hope that an oil truck will turn up some time. The roads are desolate, emptied of transportation and life.

Gaza needs 850,000 liters of fuel every week, says Mahmoud al-Khozendar, vice-president of the Petrol Station Owners Association in Gaza. Israel allows in just 70,000 liters of it. He said Gaza also needs 2.5 million liters of coal gas a week. Only 800,000 liters per week comes in…”

–Mohammed Omer, The Electronic Intifada, 6 April 2008


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