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10 power generators distributed in Gaza to avoid energy 'crisis'

Aug. 6, 2014 10:38 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 8, 2014 5:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- 10 new electric back-up generators have been installed across the Gaza Strip in order to avert a humanitarian crisis in the besieged coastal enclave, officials said Wednesday.

The Gaza Electricity Distribution Company said that the generators would help ensure the provision of services in Gaza, especially in the water and health sectors, and prevent major disruptions due to lack of energy.

Electricity distribution has been down to less than two hours a day across the Gaza Strip since Israel bombed the Strip's sole power plant in on July 29, amid an assault that killed more than 1,850 Palestinians.

The head of the coastal municipalities water grid and sanitation systems Mahmoud al-Qidra said the generators will avoid a "real disaster" that could have hit the Gaza Strip's sanitation and water sectors.

Al-Qidra added that the generators would be distributed evenly among all districts to operate water wells and sanitation pumps.

The company said that the generators were brought in through Kerem Shalom crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

Even before the recent assault, electricity distribution was around eight hours a day due to an eight-year long Israeli blockade that limits the import of fuel and other items needed for repairs and maintenance.
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