Gaza power plant shuts down

Israeli refusal to replenish fuel supplies forces local hospitals to run on reserves.

    The Rafah border was briefly opened for patients[GALLO/GETTY]

    Border opened
    An estimated 60 per cent of Gaza's power supply comes from its own power station and the rest from Israel.

    In the past, Israel has resumed fuel supplies just hours before Gaza's stocks ran out.

    As the siege of Gaza continued, Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing, said that the main border point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt had been reopened to allow Palestinians in need of medical treatment to pass through.

    "This is part of an agreement that has been reached between Egypt and Hamas," he said.

    "To keep the atmosphere of a possible ceasefire agreement alive, the Egyptians have told the Hamas authority they will allow for the next four days this restricted movement of people to go through and to come back but ... the situation in Gaza remains dire and it is not open to the general public."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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