Egypt tops up Gaza's fuel supplies to ease electricity crisis
Egypt began on Wednesday to deliver a million litres of fuel to Gaza, a Palestinian official said, in an attempt to ease the Palestinian enclave's desperate electricity crisis.
The deliveries come two days after Israel began reducing electricity supplies to Gaza, despite warnings the move could increase suffering and tensions.
Wael Abu Omar, head of media at the Rafah crossing, told AFP that eight shipments had entered, with a further 14 expected later in the day.
"A million litres (220,000 gallons) of fuel for the power plant will enter today," he said.
The Israeli move had been set to leave Gazans with as little as two hours of mains electricity a day, prompting a UN warning that basic services in the enclave faced "total collapse".
Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morningSubscribe