Riots prompted by Hamas have left Gaza with fuel crisis


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This is called shooting oneself in the foot: The riots that the Hamas leadership of Gaza have been pushing this week have left the territory without cooking gas or diesel fuel, and no way to obtain more.

In Friday night’s attack, a large crowd broke into the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza and Israel, badly damaging a fuel and gas terminal and a conveyor belt for aggregate and animal feed.

Israel closed Kerem Shalom, saying it would take weeks or months to repair several million dollars in damages. It was not clear when the delivery of consumer goods by trucks would resume, said an army spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, adding that six trucks with medical supplies entered Gaza on Sunday.

There has been widespread speculation about the motives for the vandalism, with Israel holding Gaza’s rulers from the Islamic militant Hamas group responsible. Friday’s attack was the second on Kerem Shalom in a week, raising questions about why Hamas did not try to protect a key installation.

They estimate that Gaza only has about 7 to 10 days of fuel remaining.

It is unclear if Hamas leaders prompted the riot that destroyed the depot, or if the rioters themselves went out of control. No matter. It illustrates a madness in Gaza that has existed since Israel unilaterally left, giving them control of their own territory so they could rule themselves.

Rather than demonstrate that they were ready for their own state, the residents of Gaza have since chosen a terrorist organization as their leaders, destroyed the profitable infrastructure and businesses that the Israelis left them, and instead devoted their efforts to building missiles and bombs to fling at Israel.

This new destruction is merely par for the course. The riots that I expect tomorrow, when many Gaza residents will try to breach the border, under pressure from or in support of the Hamas leadership, is only going to cause more harm to those residents, and accomplish nothing good.

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3 comments

  • Dick Eagleson

    The traditional heating and cooking fuel in that part of the world was dried camel dung. I’m guessing that whatever the remaining camel population of Gaza may be, it isn’t sufficient to make up for the dwindling stocks of propane and diesel.

  • Cotour

    Where is Obama (And the previous other 3 presidents for that matter) when we need him most? (SRCSM for the high IQ nerds among us)

    Trump actually doing what must be done and doing as he promises is a wholly unfamiliar activity in the American leadership position. This fact has the real potential to re-found America in many, many ways.

    What is coming in the next weeks and months will be both disturbing to many and enlightening to all.

  • Orion314

    The world needs a new mantra for the 21st century, ” Death to stupid”

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