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Gaza's only power plant shut over fuel shortage

AFP  |  Gaza City 

The sole plant in the Strip stopped working today because of a lack of fuel, officials said, as concerns grew over worsening humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian enclave.

The closure of the plant, which normally provides around a fifth of Gaza's electricity, will exacerbate an already critical power shortage.

Gaza's two million residents receive only around four hours of mains a day.

Mohammed Thabet, for Gaza's distribution company, said it had been informed by the authority the power station stopped functioning at midnight because of the lack of fuel.

Usually the plant provides around 20 megawatts per day using fuel imported from Egypt, but now the only is the roughly 120 megawatts of imported from

"The Strip needs around 500 megawatts (per day). We have an of 380 megawatts," Thabet said.

The distribution company called in a statement for rapid moves to provide fuel to the plant again.

Last week, the provided financing for fuel for generators at hospitals and other key facilities. Three hospitals and 16 medical centres had stopped offering key services in recent weeks because of the crippling fuel shortages.

The power station has temporarily shut down a number of times in recent years over

It was hit by in previous wars with Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Palestinian territory.

has maintained a blockade on the strip for a decade, saying it is necessary to isolate Hamas, and has also largely closed its border in recent years.

The internationally recognised Palestinian government, based in the West Bank, has also sought to squeeze rivals

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 17:55 IST