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Egyptian power line to resume service to southern Gaza after 2 years of disrepair

April 5, 2017 8:15 P.M. (Updated: April 6, 2017 10:58 P.M.)
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GAZA (Ma’an) -- An Egyptian electricity line, named “Palestine” line, is expected to resume supplying electricity to the southern Gaza Strip after being inoperable for some two years, Gaza’s electricity company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The company said that work crews were preparing the power line to supply electricity to the Khan Yunis and Rafah governorates in southern Gaza.

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, as the usual electricity schedule alternates eight hours of power followed by eight hours without.

The power plant has not run at full capacity in years, with Israel's crippling blockade severely limiting fuel imports into the coastal enclave.

The enclave's severe electricity shortages over the years have exacerbated the already dire living conditions in the small Palestinian territory.

War has also taken its toll, and during Israel's 50-day offensive on Gaza in 2014, the power plant was targeted, completely knocking it out of commission.

The UN has warned that the Gaza Strip would become uninhabitable for residents by 2020, pointing to the devastation of war and nearly a decade of Israel's blockade.
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