First tankers of Qatar-funded Israeli diesel oil enter Gaza
The first diesel oil trucks entered the Gaza Strip on Tuesday through the Kerem Shalom crossing following an agreement between Israel and Qatar to bypass the Palestinian Authority and work together to ease the Gaza population’s hardships. The fuel, purchased by Qatar in Israel, was the first to be delivered to the electricity plant in Gaza City. Palestinian homes may now be provided with six to eight hours of power a day, up from 4 hours hitherto. Palestinian Authority chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, who has cut off supplies and funds to Gaza, now threatens Israeli fuel companies, especially Paz, with a boycott of its sales in PA-ruled areas.