Israel Lifts Gaza Fuel Restriction after Hezbollah Attack
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Israel lifted a restriction on fuel delivered to Gaza for electricity, a defense official said Monday, a week after cutting the flow by half.
Israeli defense ministry unit COGAT announced on August 26 it was halving the amount of fuel allowed into Gaza from its territory after three rockets were allegedly fired at the occupied territories the day before.
An Israeli defense official told AFP that the fuel restriction had been removed on Sunday.
It comes after Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, in response to recent Israeli drone attacks in Lebanon, targeted an Israeli military vehicle near the border with the occupied Palestinian lands.
According to the Lebanese resistance group, the operation was carried out by two fighter groups on Sunday, who targeted two Israeli vehicles. One of the vehicles escaped the Lebanese fighters’ fire, but the other one was totally destroyed leaving all those onboard killed or injured.
Gaza has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, which has caused a decline in living standards.
The Gaza Strip suffers from electricity shortages and the Qatari fuel has boosted public power to around 10 hours a day, up from as little as four.