Jan. 12, 2017
Gaza’s electricity crisis continues as Fatah and Hamas remain deadlocked on paying for fuel to keep the Strip’s only power plant operating and related debts. In recent weeks, Gazans have been getting three-four hours of electricity at irregular hours. Fed-up Palestinians have planned a series of protests and Haaretz reports that three babies may have died because of the power outages.
The Media Line adds that Hamas tunnels have 24/7 electricity, but “Because of the fuel shortages, Gaza’s sewer treatment facilities are unable to operate well, and up to 90 million liters of partially treated sewage are being discharged into the Mediterranean Sea every day.”
For its part, Hamas arrested a comedian for posting a critical video about the crisis.