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Overhead power lines in Gaza

The Palestinian Authority government has asked Israel to increase the amount of electricity supplied to Gaza, according to the PA’s official WAFA news agency.

The Palestinian Authority government said in a statement the decision was made “to ease the hardships faced by Gaza residents.”


The request came on a day in which Gaza terrorists launched three separate mortar and rocket attacks on Jewish communities in southern Israel — the fourth attack this week — and on a day that a Gaza terror group operating under the protection of Hamas – the Mujahideen Brigades – released a video threatening to target IDF Southern Command chief Eyal Zamir.

It also comes one day after the Palestinian Authority claimed the ‘Unified Jerusalem‘ law passed this week by the Knesset was a “declaration of war” on the Ramallah government by the State of Israel.

PA Civil Affairs Authority official Hussein al-Sheikh formally requested that Israel restore 50 megawatts of electricity to Gaza. Al-Sheih said it would bring the power supply to levels that existed before the Palestinian Authority stopped payment for Gaza electric power supplied by Israel.

Gaza was left with only four hours of power a day after the Ramallah government ordered Israel to cease its supplies to the enclave, informing the Israel Electric Corporation that it would no longer pay for the electric power to Gaza supplied by the Jewish State. The decision was allegedly made after Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization failed to pay the Ramallah government for the cost of the electric supply.

There has not yet been a response from Israel.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.