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Egypt repairs power lines into southern Gaza

Sept. 22, 2015 12:13 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 22, 2015 1:09 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian power lines providing electricity to the Rafah district of southern Gaza have been reconnected, Gaza's energy authority said Tuesday, following weeks of failures along the lines.

An official from the authority told Ma'an that all three lines from Egypt's power grid, providing a total of 28 MW, had been fixed.

Two of the three lines initially failed on July 5 and the third failed on Sept. 1, the official said, adding that since then they had been repaired and failed a number of times.

For the last three days, all three power lines were down, leaving most of the Rafah district in darkness.

The beleaguered Gaza Strip has faced an ongoing energy crisis for months.

Last week, Israeli power lines providing 24 MW also failed, and sources inside Gaza's energy authority told Ma'an Wednesday that the total supply of energy was now covering only 30 percent of the population's minimum needs.

However, even at full capacity, the Egyptian and Israeli electricity grids, together with Gaza's sole power plant, fail to cover the territory's energy needs.

They provide only 230 MW of electricity, while Gaza-based think tank Pal-Think has estimated Gaza's needs to fall between 350 and 450 MW.

Gaza's power station has been struggling to maintain its output due to both fuel shortages and lack of funds.

The coastal enclave has seen a series of demonstrations protesting the energy crisis, with Gazans calling for the resignation of the Palestinian Authority national unity government.

Gaza's energy authority has blamed the power plant's low output on taxes imposed by the PA's petroleum authority.

However, Israel's crippling blockade has also severely limited fuel imports into the coastal enclave.

Earlier this month, the UN warned that that the Gaza Strip could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, pointing to the devastation of war and nearly a decade of Israel's blockade.
Yenta / Lithuania
Mazal tov! Now these jolly Arabs and their quaint custom of smuggling drugs and highly advanced Russian missiles, that Iran have supplied to terrorist organizations in the Sinai, with the power on.
22/09/2015 14:52
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