In 2015, the UN had warned that Gaza would be uninhabitable by 2020. Even then, Gaza suffered lack of reliable electricity supply, polluted water, Israel’s military seizure of much of the Gaza Strip’s arable land, restricting the movement of fishermen.
The Israeli military siege is now in its 11th year. The recent lack of electricity preceded what is certain to be yet another crisis in the public health sector. The energy crisis has extended from electricity supplies to even cooking gas.
With no access to the West Bank due to the Israeli siege, and with severe restrictions on movement via the Rafah-Egypt border, Gaza is living through its darkest days. Literally. Starting June 11, Israel began reducing the electricity supply to the impoverished Gaza Strip, as per the request of Abbas’ Palestinian Authority.The results are devastating. Gaza households now receive two to three hours of electricity per day, and not even at fixed hours.
But Gazans are survivors. They have endured such hardships for years and, somehow, they have subsisted. But cancer patients cannot survive on mere strength of character. Israel decided not to issue new permits to Gaza’s terminally ill patients, some of whom have died waiting for permits and, others who are still hoping for a miracle before cancer spreads through the rest of their bodies.
Israel and Egypt are not the only culprits. The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah is using the siege as a bargaining chip to put pressure on its rivals, Hamas, who have controlled the besieged Strip for ten years.
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