Palestinian officials warn of humanitarian crisis due to Gaza blackout

15:07, April 12, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

by Emad Drimly, Saud Abu Ramadan

Palestinian officials on Sunday warned that mounting blackout in the Gaza Strip, ruled by Islamic Hamas movement, would lead to a critical humanitarian crisis in the impoverished enclave.

Yasser al-Wadeya, head of the Palestinian independent figures, told an urgent meeting of the Gaza-based political factions held in Gaza that the blackout in the Gaza Strip has endangered daily life, adding that over 3,000 water wells have completely stopped pumping water.

"Farms, factories and hospitals have been badly affected since the electricity crisis intensified," al-Wadeya said, adding that " most of the frozen food supplies have stopped, as well as dairy and chicken products."

Gaza's sole power station was forced to shut down on Friday morning due to a lack of industrial fuel.

Since Friday, the number of hours during which the electricity goes off each day has greatly increased. The Hamas government in Gaza and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in Ramallah traded accusations over whom to blame for the crisis.

Officials of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) accused the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in Ramallah for being behind the crisis.



【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】 【5】

(Editor:燕勐)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based eastday.com reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion