Middle East

Qatari fuel arrives in Gaza, helping to ease power crisis

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, file photo, Palestinians chant slogans during a demonstration against the chronic power cuts in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip. Hamas says fuel from Qatar has arrived in the Gaza Strip, helping to ease a power shortage that sparked the rare demonstrations and a crackdown by the Islamic militant group. Gazans have been limited to about three or four hours of electricity per day over the past few weeks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, file photo, Palestinians chant slogans during a demonstration against the chronic power cuts in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip. Hamas says fuel from Qatar has arrived in the Gaza Strip, helping to ease a power shortage that sparked the rare demonstrations and a crackdown by the Islamic militant group. Gazans have been limited to about three or four hours of electricity per day over the past few weeks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah speaks during a press conference about the power crisis in the Gaza Strip in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Fuel from Qatar arrived to the Gaza Strip on Monday, helping to ease a crippling power shortage that has sparked rare demonstrations against the territory's Hamas rulers, who have responded with a crackdown on protesters. Gaza's power authority said Qatari-bought diesel will double the amount of power provided to Gazan households. Gaza has been experiencing the worst electricity shortage in years, limiting Gazans to about four hours of electricity per day. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah speaks during a press conference about the power crisis in the Gaza Strip in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Fuel from Qatar arrived to the Gaza Strip on Monday, helping to ease a crippling power shortage that has sparked rare demonstrations against the territory's Hamas rulers, who have responded with a crackdown on protesters. Gaza's power authority said Qatari-bought diesel will double the amount of power provided to Gazan households. Gaza has been experiencing the worst electricity shortage in years, limiting Gazans to about four hours of electricity per day. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Hamas says fuel from Qatar has arrived in the Gaza Strip, helping to ease a power shortage that sparked rare demonstrations and a crackdown by the Islamic militant group.

Gazans have been limited to about three or four hours of electricity per day over the past few weeks. The Qatari diesel, which began arriving Monday, will provide all households in the Palestinian enclave with about eight hours of power per day.

The power shortage drove thousands of people to the streets last week to protest Hamas' failure to solve the crisis. Hamas responded by arresting dozens of people and summoning hundreds of others in a bid to prevent further demonstrations, according to a Palestinian rights group.

One protest was the largest unauthorized gathering since Hamas took over Gaza in 2007.