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Hamas Facing 'Perilous Time' with Gaza Electricity Crisis

14 Juin 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel had "no interest in an escalation", blaming internal Palestinian disputes for the crisis. "They should have some mercy in their hearts for the Palestinian people". Most see Abbas's request to slash electricity as a tactic to increase pressure on rival Hamas.

It stressed that there had been a "general absence of higher-level responsibility" in Israel for violations in the 2008-09, 2012 and 2014 conflicts in Gaza, "with only a handful of convictions, if any, issued for minor violations, such as theft and looting".

Meanwhile, Israel is a "key driver" of Palestinian humanitarian suffering, according to a separate United Nations report which cited the country's occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza. "Furthermore, the disastrous [Hamas] coup would not have happened were it not for the existence of the occupation, the siege, and the dismemberment of Palestinian lands", he said.

According to Secretary-General Mohamed Ateeq Al-Falahi, the Red Crescent's staff was stationed at a UAE field hospital in Gaza when Hamas fighters began firing rockets from their facilities to provoke an Israeli response. Israel withdrew entirely from the Gaza Strip in 2005, handing over control to the PA.

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"Netanyahu's government insists on continuing the occupation, refuses to bring peace, and hastens to obstruct any opportunity to revive the [peace] process". He called upon the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Israel to put the welfare of Gaza's residents first and to take the necessary measures to avoid further suffering.

Gazans now receive electricity delivered from the territory's own power station and others in Israel and Egypt.

YWN-ISRAEL reported in April that Ramallah announced it would no longer pay for Gaza electric.

Gazans now receive only three to four hours of mains electricity a day, delivered from the territory's own power station and others in Israel and Egypt.