The Israeli government bodies on Tuesday declared the partial opening up to the Karam Abu Salem national boundary crossing to permit the passageway of goods and humanitarian aid to the surrounded Gaza Strip.
A govt official in Gaza explained to the Palestinian Man media agency that just about 280 trucks – filled with commercial, farming and transport supplies was set to enter the Gaza strip imminently.
The very same reference added in that limited volumes of cooking food gas and diesel – the latter headed for Gaza’s power station – had already been relocated to the besieged Gaza strip.
The Hamas-run Gaza Strip has lately been struggling in its toughest power disaster in living memory. The crisis was stimulated by a downfall in fuel supplies being smuggled into the coastal territory from nearby Egypt, pushing the closing of its only power plant and resulting in electrical power cuts of up to 18 hours a day.
Israel gave the green signals for the fuel to be relocated to the Gaza strip throughout its area after getting a request from the Egyptian govt, an Israeli safety official said.
Fatah press spokesperson in Cairo Riyad Saidam outlined that the Karam Abu Salem crossing was partly opened up on a regular basis. He described that the closing and opening of such tactical pathways signified Israel’s desire “to control the lives of Palestinian citizens.”
“The Palestinians have no sovereignty over the borders of their territory, whether inside the Gaza Strip or in the West Bank. The Israeli withdrawal from Gaza was a deception,” Saidam said.
By mid-1994, Israel has withdrawn its troops from the Gaza Strip, while the Palestinian Authority assumed administrative control instead.
This agreement came up as a final result of the so called 1993 Oslo Accords, through which Israel agreed upon to acknowledge Yasser Arafat as its partner in peace discussions, and decided to identify Palestinian independence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Palestinians in turn recognized Israel’s right to exist although renouncing the use of terrorism and its long held call for Israel’s devastation.
For the energy crisis, the circumstance made easier to some degree in April after a deal was hit in between Gaza’s Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, which decided to supply Gaza with fuel bought from Israel. However the Palestinians held responsible Egypt for its poor participation to solving the state of chaos.
The declaration came up in reaction to a delay in the shipping of 30 million litres of Qatari fuel, which was intended to have moved into the Gaza Strip last Sunday, authorities said, compelling furious responses from the Palestinian energy authority.
“We are notify that Israel is pushing Egypt to inflict the obstruction on the Gaza strip,” he said. “We have been nonetheless hoping for much more help from the Egyptian side.”