Hamas Blames Egypt, P.A., Israel for Fuel Delay

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Hamas shut down the Gaza Strip's sole power station late Wednesday, following a hijacking by Islamist militias in the Sinai Peninsula.

Terrorists in Sinai hijacked oil tankers delivering 150,000 liters of fuel from Qatar, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported, quoting Palestinian sources.

Some trucks were stolen and others torched, allegedly forcing Hamas to shut down the power station Wednesday night, according to the report.

Hamas blamed Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority for the attack, the Palestinian Authority's Ma'an News Agency reported.

"Since the Qatari fuel has not entered, and in light of not having the necessary fuel to maintain the sole power plant in Gaza, the power plant stopped working," Hamas officials said.

Miraculously, the entire shipment arrived at the power station Thursday evening.

Egypt sent "emergency reinforcements" to escort the fuel tankers to the Gaza border.

Way back in November 2008, the P.A. accused Hamas of staging blackouts in Gaza as a propaganda tool.

Nearly a year before in January 2008, Hamas staged a similar show after shutting the plant down. The Palestinian faction ruling Gaza invited journalists to a candlelight session of its legislative council.

Journalists later reported the shades had been drawn while the council met, though they could see daylight peeping through.

One P.A. official at the time accused al-Jazeera of broadcasting images of women and children sitting in candlelight to win sympathy for Hamas.

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