Gaza power plant in crisis, power supply to be reduced

After launch of incendiary balloons and Israel block on fuel

26 June, 12:58

    (ANSAmed) - GAZA/TEL AVIV, JUNE 26 - The Gaza power plant is struggling on Wednesday after two of its three generators stopped working overnight due to a lack of fuel.

    The power plant informed residents that supply would be reduced to eight hours of electricity followed by 14 hours of blackout.

    The crisis is due to Israel's decision on Tuesday to suspend fuel provision to Gaza (about 80 tanker trucks per week) following repeated launches of incendiary balloons that set off extensive fires in fields of the Negev desert. Kamil Abu Rukun, coordinator for Israeli activities in the territories, said, "Terrorism is preventing the Strip from benefiting from larger quantities of electricity".

    Hamas militants in the "Mohammed al-Zawari Unit" (an engineer linked to Hamas who was killed in Tunisia in 2016) said the launching of incendiary balloons would continue.

    "We will turn Israel into hell," they said.(ANSAmed).

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