CONSTANT BLACKOUTS IN GAZA
People visit and play on a soccer field in front of Gaza’s only power plant in the Nusseirat district of Gaza City. Over the past decade, Gaza residents have lived with constant power shortages. In June, Israel announced a new round of cuts at the request of the Palestinian authorities. The decision was seen as an attempt by President Mahmoud Abbas to pressure Gaza’s Hamas leadership. In April, Gaza’s sole power station shut down, after running out of fuel. The new cuts restrict electricity to three hours a day, severely effecting hospital patients with chronic conditions and sick babies. Residents use private generators, solar panels and battery-operated light sources during blackouts.