Israel allows only 2 hours of electricity to Gaza

Israel Electric Corporation said power supply would ‘effectively be reduced on two lines out of 10 every day, until the reduction applies to all 10 lines’

Israeli occupation began on Monday reducing electricity supplies to Gaza Strip, despite warnings this could increase suffering, tensions in Palestinian territories.

Since the sole power station in Gaza ran out of fuel and stopped working in April, the 120 megawatts represent 80 percent of available power in the strip

Israeli occupation began on Monday reducing electricity supplies to Gaza Strip, despite warnings this could increase suffering, tensions in Palestinian territories.

The cut will reduce the main power flow to Gaza to as little as two hours a day, causing much suffering for all the Gaza residents.

Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has told the Israeli occupation it would no longer pay the bill for electricity supplies to Gaza.

It raises concerns of collapse of vital services in an impoverished and overcrowded territory that has been devastated by three major Israeli offensives since 2008.

Hamas has run Gaza since 2007, when it seized the strip from the rival Fatah party of the PA President Mahmoud Abbas, in a dispute over general elections won by the Islamist movement.

Until Monday, Israel supplied 120 megawatts of electricity to Gaza each month, which made up about one quarter of the enclave’s needs, with the PA paying the 11.3 million euros ($12.65 million) monthly bill.

Since the sole power station in Gaza ran out of fuel and stopped working in April, the 120 megawatts represent 80 percent of available power in the strip.

The Israel Electric Corporation said power supply would “effectively be reduced on two lines out of 10 every day, until the reduction applies to all 10 lines.”

(Source / 20.06.2017)

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