The Gaza Strip electricity company warned on Sunday that the Palestinian enclave’s only power station is again facing a critical shortage of resources and could be closed on Tuesday if Israel does not lift the blockade to allow fuel to enter.
According to a statement by the Israeli newspaper “Yedioth Aharonoth”, the system will no longer be supplied this Monday and will be able to switch off the electricity for the almost two million inhabitants of the enclave from Tuesday.
Israel decided to reintroduce the fuel blockade in response to fire balloons being launched from the enclave into Israeli agricultural fields.
As a result, the power plant has lost electricity several times over the past decade after running out of fuel supplied by Qatar and Turkey. Gaza authorities cannot buy it from the Palestinian government because of taxes on fuel entering Gaza. Power lines from Egypt hardly work due to technical problems.
Israel regularly closes border crossings and only lets in essential humanitarian supplies in its civilian population centers in response to the Strip’s rocket fire.