Power Plant In Gaza Forced To Close Due To Fuel Shortage

Power Plant In Gaza Forced To Closed Due To Fuel Shortage

A fuel shortage has forced the only power station in the Gaza Strip to shut down as the Palestinian territory suffers from nine years under Israeli siege.

An official from the Gaza Energy Ministry, said on Tuesday that the power plant has been closed since Saturday night after it ran out of fuel.

Press TV reports:

Meanwhile, the United Nations said parts of the coastal sliver have been without power for 20 hours a day, compared to 12 hours previously.

Reports blame fuel shortage on the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority ‘s recent removal of fuel tax exemption, demanding that the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement pay taxes on fuel imports to the coastal strip.

Gaza energy authorities, however, say they cannot afford their tax bill, which adds up to some 10 million shekels (2.6 million dollars) a month.

The Gaza power station stopped working last July in similar circumstances. The facility was damaged by shelling more than once during Israel’s devastating 50-day aggression in 2014.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.