A Palestinian youth carries stones amid the rubble of a destroyed building in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on March 4 2015. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED
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The Gaza Strip's sole power plant has halted production, the Hamas-run energy authority said Thursday, following a dispute with the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority over fuel tax.Hamas pays the PA for fuel imported to besieged Gaza, but is short of cash and had been unable to cover the additional costs in tax.In December, Qatar stepped in and donated $10 million to the PA to cover the tax, effectively exempting Hamas from paying it.Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which dominates the PA, signed a unity deal in April that was to see the West Bank-based government take over administration and security of the Gaza Strip.
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