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Fuel arrives in Gaza as EU resumes payments

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Fuel arrives in Gaza as EU resumes payments


Tankers full of EU-funded fuel have arrived in Gaza, parts of which have been without power for five days. Supplies had run dry after the European Union stopped fuel payments last Thursday, fearing its money was being siphoned off into the coffers of Hamas. But assurance from Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh was enough for Brussels, although it’s to put monitors in the strip to supervise fuel management.

Haniyeh denied that it was lining its own pockets by putting taxes on energy use. He said the accusations were an attempt by rival Palestinian group Fatah to discredit his party. A Gazan power plant will convert the fuel into electricity, something of a luxury for Palestinians in recent days. Audits will be carried out jointly by the EU and the Fatah government that was chased out of Gaza by Hamas.

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