In light of the terrorist movement in Gaza, Israel has decided to cripple power supply to the area. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a radio interview that:
“They [Hamas] receive support from Qatar and have received aid from other countries in the past, but they usually choose to put the funds towards building up infrastructure towards terrorism,” Erdan said.
This decision had come from Israel’s security cabinet who had unanimously decided to cripple supply of electricity to Gaza, already by about 40 percent. The decision was made after an earlier request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinian Authority no longer pays for Gaza’s electricity purchased from Israel.
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Israel has been automatically deducting the costs from the Palestinian taxes it collects on goods sent to Palestinian areas. The request is seen as a way for Abbas and his ruling Fatah party to put pressure on the rival Hamas movement to cede control over Gaza. However, Israeli military officials warned that cutting electricity could worsen the situation in the Gaza Strip and escalate violence.
Currently at least 2 million residents of the coastal enclave have dealt with electricity shortages for years and currently, have electricity for only about four hours a day after its only power station closed.