Fire kills 3 Gaza kids over power cri­sis

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

GAZA— Three Pales­tinian chil­dren have died in a Gaza house fire started by a can­dle, spark­ing in­ter­nal fin­ger- point­ing over the coastal ter­ri­tory’s lin­ger­ing power cri­sis.

Gaza’s Is­lamic Ha­mas rulers are ac­cus­ing the West Bank- based Pales­tinian Author­ity of im­pos­ing taxes on fuel for Gaza’s lone power plant, wors­en­ing the cri­sis and rais­ing the daily blackout to 18 hours. The author­ity re­jects Ha­mas’ ac­cu­sa­tions and says the mil­i­tant group has pre­vented it from work­ing in Gaza.

The in­ci­dent also sparked rare lo­cal crit­i­cism of Ha­mas poli­cies, with some Gaza res­i­dents ac­cus­ing it of di­vert­ing its scarce elec­tric­ity to its at­tack tun­nel net­work against Is­rael in­stead.

Ha­mas or­ga­nized Satur­day’s fu­ner­als for the chil­dren and its se­cu­rity ser­vices de­ployed police along the fu­neral pro­ces­sion’s route to quell any dis­or­der and out­ward protests.— Agen­cies

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