Palestinian energy authority: Israel begins to reduce Gaza electricity

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By Adam Rasgon

Israel usually transfers 120 megawatts of electricity which provides the strip with approximately four hours of electricity.

Israel made its first reduction in electricity it supplies the Gaza Strip on Monday pursuant to a request from the Palestinian Authority, the Hamas-controlled Energy Authority in Gaza said. Israel decreased the flow of electricity by eight megawatts, according to the Energy Authority in Gaza.

The Israel Electric Company confirmed the reduction in a statement, saying it will be decreasing its supply of electricity to Gaza gradually over the next several days. Last week, Israel approved a PA request to lower the amount of electricity it supplies Gaza by some 42 megawatts. The PA asked Israel to reduce the electricity supply to pressure Hamas to cede control over the isolated territory.

 

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