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Egypt sends fuel tankers to Gaza to ease power crisis

News comes as relief for Palestinians in the besieged strip, but reports that PA may prevent its use a cause for worry.

Egyptian fuel tankers

Egypt has begun to deliver one million litres of fuel to the Gaza Strip, in an attempt to ease the Palestinian enclave's desperate electricity crisis.

The fuel, trucked in through the otherwise besieged Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza, will be routed on Wednesday to the territory's only power station - closed for several months due to fuel shortages.

The PA is dominated by the Fatah party, which has been in a dispute with Hamas over governance in the occupied Palestinian territories ever since it lost a parliamentary election to Hamas in 2006 - an election which it then failed to recognise.

After that election, in 2007, Hamas ended up governing the Gaza Strip, while Fatah took control of the occupied West Bank's territories that Israeli soldiers leave to the PA to administer.

Two days ago, Israel began reducing its electricity supplies to Gaza, following Abbas's decision to stop paying for them.

Since then, Palestinians in Gaza have been left with as little as two hours of electricity a day, prompting a UN warning that basic services in the besieged strip faced "total collapse".

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