Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Human Rights Center Warns of Crisis Due to Power Outages in Gaza

GAZA, February 15, 2012 (WAFA) - Al-Mezan center for Human Rights Wednesday expressed concern over a possible crisis due to the frequent power outages in the Gaza Strip after the only power plant ran out of fuel due to the Israeli restrictions on fuel entering the Strip.

Al-Mezan said Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis that would endanger lives and affect health care services, water supply, wastewater treatment, education and economy in Gaza.

The power plant, which supplies around a third of Gaza's electricity, completely stopped on Tuesday leading to daily blackouts as certain areas in the Strip receive electricity feed only eight hours a day.

Al-Mezan’s statement said the shortage of fuel entering Gaza can be traced back to the Israeli refusal to allow supplies to the Strip and the drop in the amount of fuel being transferred through the tunnels from Egypt to Gaza according to the Palestinian Energy Authority.

The center called on the international community to take immediate actions to resupply Gaza power plant with fuel and to make the Israeli government, as the occupying power, uphold its legal obligations towards the Palestinians.
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA