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May 29, 2012

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

 Tuesday May 29, 2012 11:30 by William Temple – IMEMC & Agencies

The fuel crisis in Gaza–now in its fifth month–is causing extended power outages that severely disrupt the lives, health and livelihood of the region’s 1.6 million residents. It also severely affects Gaza’s fuel-dependent fishing industry, already crippled by access restrictions to fishing waters imposed by Israel’s blockade.

Water shortage in Gaza

The Gaza Power Plant produced electricity at less than 30 per cent of capacity in April, causing severe disruption to basic services, including water, health and sanitation.

Oxfam‘s partner, Coastal Municipal Water Utility says the situation is critical, with up to 40 per cent of the 1.6 million population under blockade getting water in their houses only once every four days.

The situation will get even more critical as summer approaches and demand for water escalates.

Without regular supplies of fuel to run pumps, water and…

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