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Gaza electricity crisis reaches dangerous level, PA refuses to resolve
Gaza electricity crisis reaches dangerous level, PA refuses to resolve
Kanaan Obeid, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority, said that the energy crisis in the Gaza Strip is still at a standstill due to failure of Fatah-controlled PA in Ramallah to respond with efforts to end the crisis, despite receiving necessary funds for that purpose, stressing that the crisis has reached a state of danger.
Monday, June 28,2010 10:49
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GAZA, -- Kanaan Obeid, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority, said that the energy crisis in the Gaza Strip is still at a standstill due to failure of Fatah-controlled PA in Ramallah to respond with efforts to end the crisis, despite receiving necessary funds for that purpose, stressing that the crisis has reached a state of danger.

Obeid said in an exclusive statement to the PIC on Sunday, "The Ramallah authority did not take into account the difficult living conditions experienced by our people in the Gaza Strip," emphasizing that Fatah has increased pressure on citizens by being a cause in the continuous power outages.

He underlined that the electricity crisis has reached a level never before reached.
 
Revenues never ceased

Obeid stressed that the power distribution company never stopped sending revenues to the PA in Ramallah, noting that the latter did not abide by the initiative for independent parties to provide industrial fuel.

The deputy chairman explained that the Fatah authority in Ramallah rejected all who attempted to mediate for a solution, stressing that the Palestinian government in Gaza has nothing to do with this particular issue, and that it is responsible for the implementation of law and protection of citizens as much as able.

He called upon all national and political authorities to fulfill their responsibilities in dealing with the deep level of crisis as quickly as possible, by providing the quantities of fuel needed to run the generators at the power station, which would relieve the grave suffering of more than a million and a half Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

He also appealed to the international community of all political backgrounds and to international humanitarian organizations and bodies to shoulder their responsibilities in the current crisis.

An unprecedented crisis

On his behalf, Jamal al-Dardasawi, public relations officer in the Gaza Electricity Company, confirmed that the present crisis is one of the worst conditions experienced in the Gaza Strip, with a power shortage reaching 60%, and a supply of 6 hours of electricity followed by 12 hours without electricity, a shortage never before experienced in Gaza.

Al-Dardasawi said in an exclusive statement to the PIC on Sunday that he holds the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) fully and directly responsible for the crisis, stressing that the crisis was not born of the moment, nor did it come within days or months, but is an accumulated crisis, and its causes were also accumulated.

Al-Dardasawi called for a study for a radical solution to the crisis through the adoption of strategic plans to meet the overall need of the citizens of Gaza, noting that a project for complete link with the Egyptian network has been financed, necessary studies have been made, and all legal measures have been taken. The project only depends on resolution to implement.

Environmental disasters from the shortage

The municipality of Gaza warned of environmental disasters which threaten the overflow of sewage into the main treatment plant in Gaza because of failure of a generator in the waste water pumping station, and the leakage of sewage water to the surrounding area, resulting from the lapse of electricity

The council said in a statement on Sunday that the wastewater began to spill into the region around the station, threatening full flooding in the station if the power outages last.

The station funnels more than 35 thousand square cubic meters of waste water per day, equivalent to 50% of the wastewater in the Gaza Strip.

The European campaign intervenes in the crisis

The European campaign to break the siege on Gaza said in a statement on Sunday that the campaign has begun a new series of contacts with officials in the EU to urge the European Union to find a final solution to the crisis of power outages in the besieged Gaza Strip, and to extend the financing fuel for electricity directly to the account of Gaza's power generation system, or to clearly "earmark" the funding to cover fuel and electricity through the Palestinian Authority.

The European campaign received heavy correspondence from foreign ministers of the European Union, which provided that the monies are transferred to the Ramallah authority, which clearly undertook the obligation to pay the heavy price of fuel for the power station.

The European campaign said, "If the Palestinian Authority talks about its interest in funding priorities, we believe that there is no priority more urgent than the full coverage of power costs," reiterating the call for "cessation of the use of electricity for the implementation of political agenda in particular.”

Students march to protest

Hundreds of students at summer camps under the Hamas movement participated in a massive march on Sunday in front of the electricity distribution company in the Maghazi camp of central Gaza Strip to protest the continued power shortage.

The students raised banners demanding that electricity be returned to the Gaza Strip, given the disastrous health, educational, and humanitarian conditions on the population posed by the continuing shortage. Participants chanted slogans demanding that the four-year siege be lifted.
 
In the meantime, Mahmoud Mosleh, a prominent Hamas figure, appealed for the need to resolve the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip at full speed and to ease the suffering of the citizens in the difficult circumstances they are experiencing, appealing to the international community to intervene to end the human suffering experienced everyday by the people of the Gaza Strip as a result of the blockade.

tags: Electricity Crisis / PA / Palestinian Energy / Energy Crisis / Fatah / Gaza Strip / Power Outages / Industrial Fuel / Power Station
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