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4 injured in Gaza electrical fire

Aug. 5, 2017 4:50 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 5, 2017 4:50 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians were injured in a fire in the southern besieged Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis on Saturday, official sources said.

Palestinian civil defense teams said that a fire, likely caused by an electrical short-circuit, erupted in a store in central Khan Yunis and was extinguished before causing widespread material damage.

The injured sustained minor burns and suffered excessive smoke inhalation. They were all transferred to the Nasser Medical Center in western Khan Yunis for treatment.

The tight Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip has affected reconstruction in the small Palestinian enclave three years after a devastating 2014 Israeli offensive, making it hard for Palestinians to obtain proper construction material.

The already shaky infrastructure in the coastal territory has been further affected by daily power cuts, which have worsened in recent months after the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority requested that Israel lower its supply of electricity to Gaza.

As a result, some two million Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave have had to make do with two to four hours of electricity a day since April, compared to eight hours before.

Medical sources have told Ma’an that life-saving medical equipment was being damaged due to its sensitivity to repeated blackouts, in addition to other electric and electronic devices likely to be affected by repeated power cuts.
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