Jan. 23, 2017

GAZA (Ma’an) — Egyptian power lines feeding the southern Gaza Strip were operating normally again as of late Sunday evening, after several hours of being out of operation.

Gaza’s electricity company said that the Egyptian lines were disconnected for several hours due to damages, but were later repaired, noting that Egyptian lines provide the southern Gaza Strip with 20 megawatts.

The besieged Gaza Strip has been suffering for years from a serious power crisis, which intensified earlier this month when families were forced to cope with just three hours of power a day.

Even at full capacity, Egyptian and Israeli electricity grids, together with Gaza’s sole power plant, fail to cover the Gaza Strip’s energy needs. The small coastal enclave returned to its usual electricity schedule of eight hours of power followed by eight hours without, following the delivery of urgent aid from the Qatari government last week.