(full text at the bottom in case they backtrack)
“The closure is believed to be caused by a shortage in fuel being supplied
through smuggling tunnels from Egypt.”
untrue as there is no reason for it to be smuggled.
“It also blamed Israel’s continuing blockade of the Palestinian territory.”
should have been countered by the BBC with the facts that Palestinians chose to have their fuel delivered solely from Egypt.
“all legal trade is still forbidden”
Strange choice of words in an irrelevant sentence here
We can see here from official IDF sources
“Due to the heavy-duty diesel crisis from Egypt to the Gaza strip in order to operate the power plant, operating the power plant may be problematic and the electricity may temporarily not work in the strip.
Heavy-duty diesel for the power plant is delivered directly from Egypt according to the Palestinians decision from a few months ago; therefore, no diesel is transferred from Israel.”
And as mentioned above, the original BBC smear in full
Gaza’s only power station closes
Jon Donnison BBC News, Gaza City
The authorities in Gaza say the Palestinian territory’s only power station has shut down because of a lack of fuel.
The closure is believed to be caused by a shortage in fuel being supplied through smuggling tunnels from Egypt.
Power cuts, already common, are expected to increase. The station provides around 30-40% of Gaza’s electricity.
The rest of the electricity used by the territory is supplied by Israel.
The Gaza Power Company said the strip would soon be “swimming in a sea of darkness”.
Supplies of fuel smuggled into the territory have diminished due to the recent Egyptian
Many families and businesses have private generators to avoid the blackouts. But fuel for those is also hard to come by.
This week long queues can be seen outside petrol stations with people worried about filling up their cars.
A statement from the power station called on Egypt to allow more fuel to pass through the tunnels. It also blamed Israel’s continuing blockade of the Palestinian territory.
Israel and Egypt imposed sanctions on Gaza after the Islamist movement Hamas came to power in 2007.
Last year Egypt eased restrictions allowing people to travel more easily, but all legal trade is still forbidden and the tunnel industry continues to thrive.