Gas, fuel supply to Gaza resumed after Palestinians sabotaged crossing
After repairs made to Kerem Shalom border crossing, which Palestinian rioters set ablaze on 3 different occasions, supply of cooking gas and diesel fuel expected to resume on Monday; 12 tanks of diesel, 1 tank of gas transferred into strip on Thursday in trial run.
Israel partially renewed the supply of gas and fuel to the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Thursday after it was repeatedly set ablaze by Palestinian rioters.
The Border Crossings Authority, in conjunction with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and the District Coordination and Liaison in the Gaza Strip, resumed the transfer of cooking gas and diesel fuel into the strip.
Palestinian rioters sabotaged the crossing, the only one for the transfer of goods from Israel to Gaza, on three different occasions over the past two weeks.
In the latest incident on Monday evening, fuel pipelines and the quarry materials depot were damaged. Before that on Friday, a fuel complex and a conveyor belt were vandalized. On the Friday before that, rioters sabotaged gas and fuel pipelines. The damage from the first two attacks alone was estimated at over $9 million.
Repair work for the pipelines has been completed, with the system expected to partially resume operations after the Shavuot holiday, which takes place on Sunday.
Twelve tanks of diesel fuel and one tank of gas were transferred into the strip on Thursday to test the repaired system. If no leaks are found, the supply of fuel and gas will continue on Monday.