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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.

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