Arab State to Bring Electric Power to Blacked Out Gaza

July 16, 2019 in News by RBN Staff


via: WHTT


Palestinian workers trying to repair a transformer that broke down during a surge in power use, following an extended blackout in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip on July 3, 2010. Photo By Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90 

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Qatari technical delegation held talks in the Gaza Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides said on Tuesday, marking a potential expansion of Doha’s aid efforts for Palestinians.

Spearheading the Qatari drive has been envoy Mohammed Al-Emadi, who Palestinian officials said this week brought $10 million to Gaza, via Israel, to disburse to the poor.

The new line – known as Line 161 – would provide 100 megawatts to Gaza, which currently gets a total of 120 megawatts from Israel, short of the 500 megawatts to 600 megawatts that Palestinians say the blockaded enclave needs.

Beside averting some of Gaza’s chronic blackouts, an improved electricity supply would also help power sewage pumps and prevent water contamination plaguing 2 million Palestinians.

“It will make a difference,” said a Palestinian official. “Maybe we will not have electricity 24/7, but people may begin to feel there isn’t a power crisis anymore.”

WHTT Editor CEC adds: Watch “Tragedy and Turning” with this author’s film from Gaza in 2002, showing Israel destroying the sleeping city at 2:00 AM” using US aircraft and missiles (minute 25).