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Official: Gaza to reel under six hours of electricity in five days
Official: Gaza to reel under six hours of electricity in five days
Deputy Head of Energy Authority Fathi Hammad during Sunday conference (ALRAY: March 9, 2014)
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Gaza, ALRAY - A government official warned that the power plant in Gaza may stop working in days as the fuel grant donated by Qatar is about to run out.

Deputy Head of Energy Authority Fathi Hammad Sunday said in a press conference that “Gaza would return to six hours of electricity schedule if Palestinian Authority continues to levy value added tax on the imported fuel,”

Five days left for the fuel to finish up, Hammad added, explaining that Qatar has remitted funds worth $32 million during the past four months as a tax on the diesel fuel bought from Israel .

He pointed out that he contacted with the Head of Energy Authority in Ramallah asking him to stop to collect the imposed tax for six or 12 months until the authority in Gaza gets the necessary funds.

Hammad called on the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah to revoke the tax on the fuel imports and consider the tightened blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.

On December 15, 2013, Gaza's lone power plant stirred to life following seven weeks of stopping, allowing for only six hours of electricity supplied from Israel via cables.

The plant provides some 30 percent of the coastal enclave's electricity needs, generating around 60 megawatts of electricity.

As the Egyptian military destroyed about 80% of the cross-border tunnels as from July 2013, Gaza reeled from lack of fuel used for the power plant to generate electricity.

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