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PostSubject: Gaza City plunged into darkness   Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:20 am

The only power plant in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has shut down because of a lack of fuel, Palestinian officials say, blaming Israeli restrictions.
Gaza City was plunged into darkness after the plant's turbines stopped.

Israel's closure of border crossings amid continued rocket fire from Gaza has brought the delivery of almost all supplies, including fuel, to a halt.

But Israel, which provides 60% of Gaza's power, says the territory still has sufficient fuel stocks.

The UN believes Gaza's 1.5m inhabitants face serious hardship and one of its officials said unheated hospitals were having to rely on generators for operations.

Mahmoud Abbas, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority president who lost control of Gaza to Hamas last year, called on Israel to "end its blockade of Gaza immediately and allow the entry of fuel to facilitate the lives of the innocent".

Shlomo Dror, a spokesman for Israel's defence ministry, insisted the power station had enough fuel to continue functioning.

Israel says border closures will stop if the rocket attacks end

"If they shut it down, it's not because of a fuel shortage, but because they want to create the impression of a crisis," he said.

He described the closure of the power station as "not comfortable but not a humanitarian crisis".

Israel, which shut the borders on Thursday, has reduced the flow of petrol used in cars and diesel to the strip but says fuel oil and cooking gas are not affected.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said the border closures were intended to apply pressure to the Palestinian authorities to stop militants in Gaza firing rockets at Israel.

"If they stop the rockets today, everything would go back to normal," he said.

More than 200 rockets and mortars have hit Israel from Gaza since an Israeli operation against militants on Tuesday which left 18 Palestinians dead, the military says.

Israeli ministers meeting on Sunday decided to maintain the border closure for the time being, an unnamed source told AFP news agency.

Hamas said its attacks on Israel would not cease because of the sanctions.

"We will not raise the white flag and we will not surrender," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the London-based independent Quds Press web news agency.

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