Power cuts put patients' lives at risk in Gaza Strip
- Gaza, which needs 400 MW per day of electricity but only receives half of its needs, still suffers from severe power crisis

Power disruptions and critical fuel levels in Gaza are putting patients lives at risk and endangering the entire health care system, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced on Friday.

The Committee noted that the ongoing power disruptions in the region have resulted in fuel levels that have reached a critical level, which have put patients' lives and health at risk.

On Thursday, Gaza's Health Ministry reported that diagnosis and support systems in most of the hospitals are restricted due to the limited amount of fuel that is needed to run the generators.

The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority also announced last Sunday that electricity production in Gaza's only functioning power plant has been halted leaving nearly two million people without electricity.

The authority said the shutdown of the power plant is due to heavy fuel taxes imposed by Palestinian authorities.

Gaza, which needs 400 megawatts of electricity per day, continues to suffer from a severe power crisis that has forced local authorities to adopt a rotation system, cutting power from some areas in order to supply electricity to other areas.

Israel provides 120 megawatts of electricity to the Gaza Strip, while Egypt provides 32 megawatts. Gaza’s power plant provides only 60 megawatts, according to Palestinian Energy Authority figures.

Reporting by Hidaye es-Saidi in Gaza

Writing by Ebru Sengul

Anadolu Agency






21 Apr,2017