Egypt disconnects power lines to Gaza Strip

GAZA (Ma’an) — The Egyptian power lines that provide electricity to parts of the southern Gaza Strip’s have been disconnected for maintenance for an unspecified amount of time, the electricity company for the besieged enclave said on Thursday.An official for Gaza’s electricity company told Ma’an its Egyptian counterpart had informed them that the lines that provide power to the city of Rafah would be disconnected starting at 7:00 a.m. on Friday.The official added that the lines’ disconnection, in addition to pre-existing shortages, would create a power deficit in RafahEven at full capacity, the Egyptian and Israeli electricity grids, together with Gaza’s sole power plant, fail to cover the territory’s energy needs.Gaza’s power station has suffered from chronic shortages due to the crippling Israeli blockade of the Palestinian enclave and has not run at full capacity in years.The Gaza Strip also suffers from shortage of gas — used daily by Palestinians in Gaza for both cooking and heating — as the quantities allowed to be shipped in are not sufficient to resident’s needs.Israel’s 50-day offensive on Gaza in 2014 has also taken its toll on the local infrastructure, as Gaza’s power plant was targeted and put out of commission.In September, the United Nations 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.

(Source / 30.01.2016)

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