August 21, 2017

Palestinians Take to Gaza Streets to Protest Power Cuts

Palestinians Take to Gaza Streets to Protest Power Cuts

Several hundred Palestinians demonstrated in central Gaza on Monday evening over increasing power cuts, the latest in a series of protests that appear to have erupted over the issue.

The demonstrations, which began Saturday in Rafah, a southern city in the Gaza Strip, are the largest in years. Still, it is uncertain if the protesters can sustain their momentum, and it is unclear if they will pose a challenge to Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

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Cuts in electricity are just one of many hardships that Palestinians have endured in recent years, including unrelenting poverty and unemployment amid virtual imprisonment in the coastal strip because of restrictions by neighboring Egypt and Israel.

And there were three wars with Israel. Yet for three days, hundreds of Palestinians have emerged on the streets to protest the shortages, which have left them with a shaky supply of four to six hours of power a day — when they are lucky. Read more

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