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Gaza running on 6 hours of electricity per day
Published Saturday 16/08/2014 (updated) 19/08/2014 09:26
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A view of the Gaza Strip's sole power plant in Nusairat taken on
March 26, 2012 (AFP/File Mohammed Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Most of Gaza is currently operating on six hours of electricity per day, the Strip's power authority said in a statement Saturday.

The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority will be able to continue supplying Gaza with that amount of power each day for another two months, "unless the company is targeted by Israeli attacks again," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Authority will begin working on a new power line running from an Israeli power company to the northern Gaza Strip to provide 35 additional megawatts of electricity.

The statement said that priority for electricity will always be given to hospitals, civil institutions, and sewage treatment plants in order to provide essential services to Gaza residents.

Gaza's sole power plant came under Israeli shelling on July 29, and as a result of stopped functioning. The damage will take up to a year to fix, the Authority has said.

The damages done to generators, poles, high pressure cables, main power containers, and warehouses across Gaza will cost $35 million to repair, the Saturday statement said.

It said that the Strip is suffering from a 70 percent shortage of its total power needs.

Gaza often experiences power shortages due to the ongoing eight-year Israeli blockade on the Strip, which severely limits imports of goods, fuel, and construction materials.

As a part of any long-term halt to hostilities in Gaza, Palestinians have demanded an end to the blockade, which has crippled the economy and led to frequent humanitarian crises.
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1 ) Keo / Thailand
17/08/2014 00:09
If the Islamic Jihadist terrorist holding the people of Gaza hostage is allowed to fail to renew the cease fire on Monday, and renews the firing of rockets and missiles, then the people of Gaza will certainly lose further power into the Gaza strip.

2 ) Outlier / USA
17/08/2014 01:09
Another consequence of a conflict largely unnecessary. If Gazans had not voted Hamas into power, thus enabling its avowed goal of destroying Israel, likely the embargo would have ended years ago.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
17/08/2014 02:16
Hamas spent about $350 million on weapons, military comms equipment and of course, the famous but now totally useless attack tunnels. Dozens of attack tunnels were found and destroyed and $100 million down the toilet. Hamas managed to kill 8 Israeli soldiers in return. Wow. Hamas could have built 2 or 3 power plants and Gazans could have had electricity 24/7. Instead, they have 1000 dead and need to rebuild thousands of homes with no cement. Thank you Hamas!

4 ) Keo / Thailand
17/08/2014 08:31
No doubt that the Hamas’ military wing al-Qassam Brigades and other renegade radical Islamic Jihadist terrorist organisations, the al-Quds Brigades military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, will fix it on Monday when they reject the peace plan, and directly cause the reduction of the power supplied by Israel even further. What a bunch of idiots those Jihadist extremist militants are.

5 ) Mel / USA
17/08/2014 16:02
KUDOS,to Gaza's men,women,children & babies(in the womb even)for"Keep(ing)Calm &Carry(ing)On",after more Israeli COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT-WAR CRIMES(courtesy of UKG&USG HYPOCRITES etc). #1,2,3,4? LOL! You're all CLONES? One mind,programmed for this latest Israeli slaughter to BLAME THE OCCUPIED VICTIMS &their legal resistance fighters!?
Or,were the Jewish underground resistance & Zionist resistance & ALL the Jews executed/murdered in WW2 also to BLAME for the NAZI Holocaust? "Pity the fool"!!!

6 ) Mel / USA
17/08/2014 16:18
Of course,if it were Israeli Jews w/out power for 18-20 hrs a day routinely,sacre bleu,they'd be screeching"ANTI-SEMITICISM"blah,blah,boo-hoo! And D.C.'d feel GUILTY & BOMB THE WHOLE MIDDLE EAST,incld. Saudi&Egypt!
Oh,but wait! D.C. is ALREADY BOMBING(most of)the Middle East for OIL,SECTARIAN CONTROL,& to pacify our Zionist,Wahhabi extremist TERRORIST "fwends". Great Nat Security strategy eh? Give the real terrorist-psycho's the keys to the White House & drinks cabinet! Real SAVVY,EH ;)

7 ) Jeff / USA
17/08/2014 16:49
1 to 4. Clearly you are all Zionist supporters aiming for the complete elimination of Palestinians, or you just have no clue because you believe all the fabricated lies and narratives put forth by Israel and all the Zionist-controlled media outlets. Israel won't allow peace since their entire existence is based on terrorism, murder, stealing land and deceit. As Menachem Begin declared in an interview long ago, it was Israel that brought terrorism not just to the Middle East but to the world!!

8 ) dan / holland
18/08/2014 09:48
keep shooting rocktes at electric grid providing gaza ! go hamas go
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