The Palestinian news agency Ma’an is quoting a Hamas spokesman who said Thursday the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip is at least partly a result of Egypt’s refusal to deal directly with the government in Gaza.

Ahmad Abu al-Amarin told Ma’an the government has been attempting to buy Egyptian fuel through official channels, but “some sides” are putting up obstacles to tighten the siege on Gaza and make them buy Israeli fuel at higher rates.

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Al-Amarin said the authority made a deal with the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum to supply Gaza with fuel through the Rafah crossing and the point of delivery was approved.

The Hamas government paid the Egyptians $2 million but the Palestinian Authority moved in and blocked the deal, al-Amarin said.

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