Gaza’s latest electricity crisis could be “the tipping point” that makes the Strip unlivable for its two million residents, a UN official told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
“The UN has been warning for some years that the chronic problems of Gaza are accumulating to the extent that we may be approaching a tipping point at which Gaza becomes unlivable,” said Robert Piper, coordinator for humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
Piper’s comments came after the Gaza power plant shut down on Sunday due to a lack of funds to pay the hefty taxes imposed by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on the diesel fuel necessary to run the plant.
It is one more blow for the Hamas-controlled enclave, where unemployment is at 42% and fresh water is a scarce commodity.
Gaza will now operate on only four hours of electricity a day, down from eight. The plant had hit a crisis point in December that was averted by tax-free donations from Qatar and Turkey that provided the necessary diesel fuel.
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