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Israeli power line feeding southern Gaza Strip damaged

March 19, 2017 2:55 P.M. (Updated: March 19, 2017 5:22 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma'an) -- Gaza’s power company said in a statement on Monday that the Israeli power line feeding the southern region of the besieged coastal enclave was damaged.

Israeli power line 9 powers the Khan Yunis and Rafah districts with 12 megawatt of electricity, according to the statement, which noted that the power company was in contact with Israel to repair the power line.

Even at full capacity, Egyptian and Israeli electricity grids, together with Gaza's sole power plant, fail to cover the Gaza Strip’s energy needs, as the usual electricity schedule alternates eight hours of power followed by eight hours without.

The power plant has not run at full capacity in years, with Israel's crippling blockade severely limiting fuel imports into the coastal enclave.

The enclave's severe electricity shortages over the years have exacerbated the already dire living conditions in the small Palestinian territory.

War has also taken its toll, and during Israel's 50-day offensive on Gaza in 2014, the power plant was targeted, completely knocking it out of commission.

The UN has warned that the Gaza Strip would become uninhabitable for residents by 2020, pointing to the devastation of war and nearly a decade of Israel's blockade.

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