Gaza protesters met with police force for blaming Hamas for electricity shortages


Dozens of residents in the Hamas run enclave protested over exaggerated electricity shortages which have been ongoing regularly for several years.

By Elad Benari


Dozens of residents of Gaza protested on Monday over ongoing electricity shortages, the latest in a series of demonstrations against the enclave’s Hamas terrorist rulers, AFP reports.

Household gas enters Gaza - Screenshot from Coordinator of Government Activities in Territories

Household gas enters Gaza – Screenshot from Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in Territories

Power shortages have occurred repeatedly in Gaza in recent weeks, with homes in Gaza City typically getting around four hours a day — rather than at least eight normally.

Residents in other cities and refugee camps are getting less than that in the enclave.

A series of protests against the Hamas-run electricity company have been met by police forces, with a number of arrests, according to an NGO.

Khaled al-Batsh, a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement, speaking to a few dozen protesters Monday, called for all parties to make “great efforts” to overcome the “worsening electricity crisis.”

He warned of a “tragedy” without a change in course.

The frequent power outages in Gaza have been ongoing for several years, and are mostly due to ongoing disputes between Hamas and its longtime rival, the Fatah movement headed by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Egypt has also played a role in the outages, having in the past disconnected some of the power lines to Gaza.


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