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Cablegate: Gaza: Restricted Fuel Shipments at Nahal Oz; Aid

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 JERUSALEM 000143

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NEA FOR FRONT OFFICE; NEA/IPA FOR
GOLDBERGER/SHAMPAINE/BELRADE; PRM FOR PRM/ANE; NSC FOR
ABRAMS/PASCUAL; TREASURY FOR SZUBIN/LOEFFLER/NUGENT/HIRSON;
BRUSSELS FOR LERNER; PLEASE PASS TO USAID FOR
KUNDER/MCCLOUD/BORODIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ECON KPAL KWBG PGOV PHUM
SUBJECT: GAZA: RESTRICTED FUEL SHIPMENTS AT NAHAL OZ; AID
SHIPMENTS THROUGH RAFAH

REF: A. JERUSALEM 126

B. JERUSALEM 111

1. (SBU) Summary: Kerem Shalom and Sufa crossings have been
closed since January 23 and 24, respectively. Restricted
fuel shipments were transferred at Nahal Oz fuel station on
January 28. Gaza City residents continue to experience eight
to 12 hours without electricity each day. The Petroleum and
Gas Station Owners Association agreed to make fuel deliveries
to UNRWA facilities in Gaza, but no such deal has been
reached with PA hospitals, which are working to minimize
internal electricity use. According to the Gaza Coastal
Municipalities Water Utility on January 28, an estimated 40
percent of Gazans are without running water to their homes.
End summary.

Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings Closed
--------------------------------------

2. (U) WFP logistics contacts said that Kerem Shalom
crossing was last open on January 23 and Sufa crossing last
open on January 24 and no humanitarian shipments have passed
through since that time.

Fuel Deliveries Continue;
Power Plant Output To Increase
------------------------------

3. (SBU) Palestinian Petroleum Corporation Director in Gaza
Mujahid Salama said that the following fuel shipments passed
through the Nahal Oz transfer station on January 28:
-Industrial fuel for Gaza Power Plant - 315,000 liters
-Diesel - 250,000 liters
-Gasoline - 14,000 liters
-Cooking gas - 200 tons

4. (SBU) Salama reported that the following fuel transfers
were made at Nahal Oz on January 27:
-Industrial fuel - 315,000 liters
-Diesel - none
-Gasoline - none
-Cooking gas - 180 tons

5. (SBU) Gaza Power Plant Project Manager Rafiq Maliha said
on January 28 that the Plant has enough fuel to produce 45 MW
- its output the morning of January 28 (local) - until
January 30. He said that, given the expected continued flow
of fuel this week at Nahal Oz, the Plant will increase output
from 45 MW to 55 MW during the late afternoon of January 28,
as Gaza City residents have experienced eight to 12 hours
without electricity each day since mid-January.

Diesel Fuel Deliveries in Gaza Limited
--------------------------------------

6. (SBU) Vice Chairman of the Petroleum and Gas Owners
Association in Gaza Mahmoud Khozandar told Econoff on January
28 that his membership had delivered 300,000 liters of diesel
and 10,000 liters of gasoline to UNRWA facilities on January
27-28. He said that his association has not yet delivered
diesel fuel to PA hospitals since the association's work
stoppage began on January 22 (ref B).

Aid Shipments Pass Through Rafah
--------------------------------

7. (SBU) Gaza-based WHO National Health Officer Mahmoud
Daher said that 15 truckloads of pharmaceutical drugs,
disposables, and food destined for Ministry of Health (MOH)
facilities in Gaza City passed from Egypt into Gaza through
the Rafah crossing on January 26-27. Daher said that the
donated goods came from Egyptian medical associations, and
that the MOH in Gaza City was in the process of certifying
the drugs prior to their use in PA hospitals. He noted that
hospitals continue to greatly limit the use of electricity to
save fuel. He confirmed that PA hospitals have not received
fuel shipments from Nahal Oz in over a week, saying that PA
hospital management talks with the Petroleum and Gas Owners
Association have thus far been unfruitful.

Forty Percent of Gazans Without

JERUSALEM 00000143 002 OF 002


Running Water To Their Homes
----------------------------

8. (SBU) Gaza Coastal Municipalities Water Utility engineer
Monther Shoblak told Econoff that an estimated 40 percent of
the Gaza population is without running water to their homes
on January 28; yet those who have running water only receive
it a few hours each day. He noted that most Gaza families
maintain one week's supply of water in rooftop storage
containers, allowing for continued water flow in their homes
despite municipal pump failure. Shoblak said that most
municipal generator-driven water and sewage pumps are not
operating due to a lack of diesel fuel, while those driven by
Gaza Power Plant electricity have continued to function.
Shoblak said that 40,000 cubic meters of sewage a day
continues to flow into the sea from the Gaza sewage system,
as insufficient pumps are operational to deliver all waste to
wastewater treatment facilities.

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