Egypt began on Wednesday to deliver a million litres of fuel to Gaza, temporarily easing a crisis that has left the Palestinian enclave's two million residents with only a few hours of electricity per day.
The deliveries come two days after Israel began reducing the electricity it supplies to Gaza, following Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's decision to stop paying for it amid a dispute with Hamas -- the rival Palestinian faction that runs Gaza.
The United Nations and rights groups had warned the cuts would have disastrous effects, with the UN warning of a "total collapse" in basic services.
The fuel will go to Gaza's sole power plant, which has been shut since April due to shortages, and will provide enough power for a few days, Samir Moutair, director general of the Gaza electricity company, told AFP..
In total 22 trucks carrying a million litres of fuel for the power plant were entering Wednesday, Wael Abu Omar, the Rafah crossing spokesman, told AFP.
The energy authority said it expected the power station to resume operations in the coming hours.
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