The Palestinian Authority’s kleptocratic leader, Mahmoud Abbas recently blocked Qatari-funded fuel from reaching electricity-starved Gaza. Abbas “is doing everything in his power to escalate the crisis in Gaza and prevent Hamas from marking any diplomatic achievement,” an Egyptian source said.
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Egyptian and Palestinian officials on Sunday accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of actively escalating the crisis in the Gaza Strip in hopes that it will force rival Palestinian faction Hamas to hand over control of the coastal enclave.
Hamas, designated as a terrorist group by the EU, U.S., Israel and several other countries, ousted Abbas’ Fatah-led government from Gaza in a military coup in 2007, effectively splitting the Palestinian Authority into two political entities. Continue Reading »
UN Envoy to the Mideast, Nickolay Mladenov, and Palestinian PM Hamdallah met with Major General Yoav Mordechai about Gaza’s fuel shortage and the plight of Gaza’s citizens, and no one questions Hamas’ withholding over a $100 million to spend on tunnel building.
– Israel insists solution should also address the issue of Hamas finally returning missing POWs, MIAs to Israel.
By Elior Levy
Egypt stopped allowing diesel shipments to enter the Gaza Strip Wednesday, causing the strip’s power station to cease operations. As a result, residents have been limited to three hours of electricity a day.
A meeting was thus called by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in light of the dire situation, attended by the United Nations (UN) Envoy to the Mideast Nickolay Mladenov and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai. Continue Reading »
The list below, which was submitted to the EU in Brussels, reveals Israeli plans to relieve Gaza’s water shortage by building a new desalination plant for $710m, connecting Gaza to Israel’s natural gas line, connecting to a new power line, known as the 161 kV line, doubling of the capacity of Gaza’s sewage treatment plant and much more.
By Eylon Aslan-Levy
Israel presented an international committee coordinating Palestinian development aid with a $1 billion list of major infrastructure projects designed to relieve an urgent humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, with a request for international financing, at a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) in Brussels on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority autocrat Mahmoud Abbas feels Gazans are quickly reaching the point when their despair will outweigh their fear of Hamas reprisals, so Abbas is determined to exploit this window of opportunity by turning up the heat, making the Gazan’s lives even more miserable.
By Ariel Schmidberg and Ram Liran
While Hamas celebrated Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, which it hoped would spark a destabilizing religious war in the region, underneath the surface the terrorist organization’s situation is far from joyous.
Thousands of Gazans in Jabalya marched toward the Hamas-owned electricity company in protest of repeated power outages. Continue Reading »
In the never ending feud between Hamas & Fatah, now, a deal arranged with Egypt for fuel deliveries to Gaza appears short-lived as banks complain Abbas’ run Fatah reneged on payments, leaving two million Gaza residents with only 2 hours of electricity daily.
By i24NEWS – AFP
Power supplies haven taken a fresh hit in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with authorities Saturday accusing the rival Palestinian Authority of blocking fuel payments to Egypt from going through banks.
The electricity authority said two of the three generators at Gaza’s only power plant were offline because “the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah stopped all the financial transactions through Palestinian banks to Egypt to buy fuel.”
Gaza Power Plant – Gisha
“This led to the stopping of fuel [deliveries] two days ago from Egypt.”
The electricity distribution company confirmed only one generator was operating, producing 23 megawatts of power — which added to other sources means Gaza currently has a total of 93 megawatts a day. Continue Reading »
Although Gaza’s 2 million residents are already receiving 3-4 hours of power a day, Israel abides by the Palestinian leader’s decision to cut the power, rather than having the Israeli public cover Gaza’s electricity bill.
By the Associated Press
Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers warned of renewed violence Monday if Israel acquiesces to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ wishes and reduces its electricity supply to the isolated territory.
Gaza’s 2 million residents already get by with only four hours of electricity a day. In an effort to push his Hamas rivals out of power, Abbas says his West Bank government will stop paying Israel to provide electricity. Continue Reading »
Energy & Infrastructure Minister Steinitz opposes the COGAT head Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai’s decision to reduce electricity to Gaza in the face of an internal PA-Hamas dispute, saying we should decide where to cut “and not become a pawn in their hands.”
By Itamar Eichner
A sharp confrontation broke out between the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Dr. Yuval Steinitz, and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, following Mordechai’s decision to reduce by more than a quarter the amount of electricity that Israel transfers to the Gaza Strip.
Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Mordechai recently wrote a letter to the directors-general of the Ministries of National Infrastructures and Finance, the National Security Agency and the Shin Bet, as well as to the military secretaries of the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, informing them of his decision to reduce the amount of electricity that would be transferred to the Gaza Strip via the electricity lines. Continue Reading »
As part of the ongoing power struggle between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, Abbas decides to reduce the financial support the PA pays for electricity sent to Gaza, leading the Israel Electric Corporation to cut over a quarter of electricity it provides to Gaza.
By Elior Levy
In two weeks’ time, Israel will cut over a quarter of the electricity it provides the Gaza Strip, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Thursday.
Every month, Israel provides the Gaza Strip with 125 megawatts of electricity, which costs NIS 40 million on average. Israel takes that sum out of the tax money it collects for the Palestinian Authority.Two months ago, the PA decided to stop paying that sum due to a power struggle with the Hamas government. Continue Reading »
Hamas, who refuses to purchase fuel for Gaza’s local power-station, receives electricity from Israel that Abbas pays at least $11 million a month for, which Hamas then profits from after selling it to the Gazans.
• Aide to Mahmoud Abbas says next step will be to limit the free medical aid that Hamas receives for Gaza residents, but is ‘selling the medicine and pocketing the profits.’
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will stop paying for electricity in the power-starved Gaza Strip and “dry up” the flow of funds to the territory’s Hamas rulers, a senior official said Wednesday. Continue Reading »
After Gaza’s sole power-plant was shut down due to Hamas’ refusal to purchase fuel, PA President Mahmoud Abbas informed Israel he is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza if Hamas does not yield some of its political control over Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.
By ADAM RASGON
PA President Mahmoud Abbas has warned over the past two weeks that he will take “unprecedented measures,” if Hamas does not concede some of its control over Gaza to the PA.
Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas (L) & Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh (R) – Google Images
The Palestinian Authority informed Israel that it is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza through 10 electrical lines, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said on Thursday. Continue Reading »
With financial donations from Turkey and Qatar to buy diesel fuel for Gaza’s only power plant having ended, and Hamas leaders refusing to pay for fuel, the coastal enclave’s Health Ministry said lives will be in danger.
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Gaza is bracing for a severe energy crisis after donor funds from Qatar and Turkey — used to purchase diesel fuel for the coastal enclave’s lone power plant — have run out.
According to the Hamas-controlled Energy Authority in Gaza, it no longer has the funds to buy more diesel fuel and pay the requisite taxes, which are levied by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Continue Reading »
An AFP photographer in Jabalya said that Hamas police fired live rounds and used batons to strike protesters & journalists (himself included) demonstrating against massive power cuts from the Hamas-run electricity company.
By i24news – AFP
Hamas police on Thursday fired live rounds into the air to disperse a mass demonstration against the electricity crisis in the coastal enclave.
Thousands took to the streets in the Jabalya refugee camp to protest power outages that have occurred repeatedly in recent weeks, and marched towards the headquarters of Hamas-run electricity company in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
An AFP photographer in Jabalya said that police also used batons to control the protesters, and the photographer was hit in the head. Continue Reading »
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 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. Continue Reading »
Israel provides part of Gaza’s electricity, yet Abbas’ PA has refused to pay the $400k bill for electricity provided by Israel, not only to Gaza, but used in Judea & Samaria as well.
By Dalit Halevy
Hamas, which advocates jihad to destroy the State of Israel and calls to boycott the Jewish state, demanded a greater supply of electricity from Israel to Gaza on Sunday.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri charged the “Israeli occupation” with responsibility for a house fire “which burned to death this week three toddler members of the al-Hindi family in Gaza.” The fire broke out due to the family lighting candles in their apartment, as their neighborhood had been suffering from a blackout at the time. Continue Reading »