Egypt has exported around 250 tons of domestic gas to Gaza, one month after Israel closed the only commercial crossing to the strip, the Palestinian news agency Safa wrote.
Khalil Shakfa, the head of Gaza’s General Authority of Petroleum, said that this amount will only cover Gaza’s demand for one day and a deal will be signed to import gas regularly from Egypt, Safa added.
The strip needs 8000 tons of gas monthly only 2000 of them will be covered by Egypt, the Palestinian Ministry of Finance stated. Hence the strip will still have to find another way to cover the rest of its demand. It clarified that the Egyptian gas will be sold to Gaza according to the international prices not the subsidized prices Egyptians get it for.
The Egyptian side did not deny or confirm the matter, Daily News Egypt wrote.
Israel closed Kerem Abu Salem commercial crossing in early July allowing only humanitarian equipment including food and medicine.
The move comes as Israel accused Gazans of throwing burning kites into Israel. On the other hand, Gaza health officials said that more than 130 Palestinians, including children, have been killed and 15,000 others injured by Israeli forces during Gaza’s Great March of Return protests which started on March 30.