Long power outages cripple daily life in Gaza Strip

Power outages and all-out blackouts of up to 18 hours a day have crippled the lives of 1.7 million people residing in the Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.

The long blackouts have been affecting the Israeli-besieged territory’s population for three weeks now, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday.

The health sector and public utilities, including water supply and sewage treatment systems, are among the hardest hit by the outages.

The coastal sliver’s sole electricity-generating plant stopped working in late February after Egypt blocked the flow of diesel fuel through underground tunnels into the besieged territory.

Some residents of the strip demonstrated in front of the Rafah crossing to protest against Egypt for blocking the fuel shipments.

Gazans have been struggling with the blackouts under Israel’s tight blockade, which has caused a severe decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty in the enclave.

The full-scale land, aerial, and naval siege, which was imposed by Israel on the territory in 2007, has turned the Gaza Strip into the world’s largest open-air prison.

(www.presstv.ir / 22.03.2012)

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