Israeli Fuel Delay Shuts Gaza's Lone Power Plant

A third of residents lose electricity; bakeries close
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 12, 2008 3:41 AM CDT
A Palestinian vendor uses a gas lantern at his food stand during a local blackout in an area of Gaza City, Sunday, May 11, 2008.    (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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(Newser) – A fuel delivery delay from Israel has shut Gaza’s only power plant since Saturday, cutting electricity to about a third of the Strip’s residents, Ha’aretz reports. The shortage shut down area bakeries yesterday.

The plant is set to re-open today after Israel delivers fuel. The last delivery was Wednesday, before Israel’s Independence Day. A planned shipment yesterday failed as the Israeli government kept border crossings closed following attacks from Gaza on Israeli border towns.