PA to pay only 60% of Gaza’s power bill, deep­en­ing elec­tric­ity dis­pute with Ha­mas

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(JNS.org) Fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity (PA) to pay only 60 per­cent of the Gaza Strip’s monthly elec­tric­ity bill, the Is­raeli govern­ment Sun­day agreed with the PA’s re­quest to cut elec­tric­ity that the Jewish state pro­vides to the Ha­mas-ruled ter­ri­tory by 35 per­cent.

The PA’s move aims to pres­sure the Pales­tinian ter­ror group to re­lin­quish some of its con­trol of Gaza to the PA. The cut in elec­tric­ity leaves 2 mil­lion res­i­dents of Gaza with two to three hours of elec­tri­cal power per day, down from the four hours per day avail­able to them since April.

PA Pres­i­dent Mahmoud Ab­bas had warned that “un­prece­dented mea­sures” would be im­ple­mented if Ha­mas does not for­feit some of its con­trol over Gaza to the PA. Ha­mas has re­fused to com­ply with Ab­bas’s de­mands.

The West Bank-based PA has paid the monthly bill of NIS 40 mil­lion ($11.3 mil­lion) for elec­tric­ity pro­vided by Is­rael to Gaza since Ha­mas seized con­trol of the coastal ter­ri­tory in 2007.

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