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Electricity in Gaza City down to 2 hours a day, central Gaza at 0

July 30, 2014 4:39 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2014 10:52 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The United Nations said on Tuesday that electricity availability across the Gaza Strip had dropped to 0 hours a day in many areas, after Israeli forces shelled the besieged coastal enclave's sole power plant.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories said in a report on Tuesday that electricity availability had dropped to two hours a day in Gaza City, while large swathes of the central Gaza Strip had no electricity at all.

At the same time, the entirety of the Gaza Strip was now suffering from a major water shortage, with major reductions or halts being felt among all of the region's 1.8 million people as Israeli strikes widely targeted infrastructure.

The report also said that a total of 240,000 Gazans had now sought shelter in UN schools or shelters, despite six Israeli bombings that have hit them in the last two weeks.

More than 1 in 8 Gazans are now residing in UN shelters. Hundreds of thousands more have been told by Israel to evacuate northern Gaza neighborhoods, although it is unclear if they have anywhere to go.
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