As power cuts leave parts of the Gaza Strip in darkness, Hamas says the shortages caused by Israel's fuel blockade have led to civilian deaths. Israel, meanwhile, accuses Hamas of distorting the scale of the crisis for its own ends.

Just who is playing off who, and what are the consequences for ordinary Palestinians caught up in the political crossfire?

Inside Story examines the details.
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This episode of Inside Story aired on Monday, January 21, 2008

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