Sat Jul 1, 2017 07:47AM
Palestinians walk on a road during a power cut in Beit Lahiya in the north of Gaza Strip. (Photo by Reuters)
Palestinians walk on a road during a power cut in Beit Lahiya in the north of Gaza Strip. (Photo by Reuters)
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Israeli authorities have continued devastating power cuts for the fourth consecutive day in the besieged Gaza Strip, after Israel approved a dramatic reduction in Israel’s electricity supply to the territory upon request of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Head of the public relations office at Gaza’s electricity company Muhammad Thabat said on Thursday that Israeli authorities had reduced electricity supply from 12 megawatts to just 8 for power lines feeding Beit Lahiya and Jabaliya in northern Gaza.

Israeli authorities announced plans to make the cuts last month, upon request of the PA in the occupied West Bank, which foots Gaza’s monthly electricity bill from Israel, by subtracting from taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the PA.

Israeli authorities have continued devastating power cuts for the fourth consecutive day in the besieged Gaza Strip after Israel approved a dramatic reduction in Israel’s electricity supply to the territory upon request of the Palestinian Authority.

After several other electricity cuts to the 10 Israeli power lines servicing districts in the Gaza Strip during previous days, Thabat noted that Gaza was now being provided 48 megawatts of electricity, a 60-percent reduction to the typical 120 megawatts provided by Israel to the besieged territory.