How many hours of electricity does Gaza get each day?

13 Jul

A Palestinian woman washes up in her kitchen during power cut at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Picture taken 25 April, 2017. [REUTERS/Mohammed Salem]

Gaza Power Watch: A severe electricity shortage in Gaza leaves residents with as little as two to four hours of power a day in the sweltering summer heat. Who gets electricity and when?

Report by Haaretz (Israeli daily newspaper), 12 July 2017

A severe electricity shortage in the Gaza Strip has left residents with as little as four hours of power a day in the sweltering summer heat, raising humanitarian concerns.

For several years, Gaza residents received roughly eight hours a day, and many rely on gasoline-fueled generators. Others turn to large batteries to run household appliances, and a privileged few can afford solar panels.

In June, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas requested that Israel reduce electricity purchases and supply to the Gaza Strip, to which Israel acquiesced. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the current electricity crisis in Gaza an “internal Palestinian matter” and insists that Israel has no interest in an escalation of tensions.

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