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Israel cuts fuel supplies to filling stations in Gaza - paper

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Israel has suspended fuel supplies to filling stations in Gaza, currently controlled by the radical Islamic movement Hamas, amid a violent factional conflict in Palestinian territories, the Yedioth Ahronoth paper said Sunday.
TELAVIV/CAIRO, June 17 (RIA Novosti) - Israel has suspended fuel supplies to filling stations in Gaza, currently controlled by the radical Islamic movement Hamas, amid a violent factional conflict in Palestinian territories, the Yedioth Ahronoth paper said Sunday.

The Israeli paper said gasoline reserves in the Gaza enclave would last two or three days, and then automobile transport would be paralyzed. Israel's Dor Alon Energy, the sole supplier of fuel to Gaza, said it would nevertheless continue supplies to the only power plant in Gaza, which has a population of over 1.4 million, the paper said.

Until Hamas seized control over Gaza this week, economic and humanitarian cooperation between Israel and Palestinians was carried out through pro-presidential structures. The advent of Hamas, refusing to recognize Israel, to power in January 2006 deprived the impoverished Palestinian autonomy of Western aid.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has dissolved the coalition Cabinet led by Hamas's Ismail Haniya and instructed pro-Western Fatah member Salam Fayyad, formerly a finance minister, to form a new emergency government.

This move was hailed by the United States, the European Union and Israel who promised to resume aid to Palestinian territories.

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