Israel to resume power supply to Gaza Strip


The majority of rockets were fired in the last two months of 2017, coinciding with the army's demolition of two cross-border terror tunnels and US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.

Abbas had dramatically reduced payments to Israel for the electricity - effectively slashing the supply - in a bid to pressure Hamas to loosen its grip on Gaza.

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said he had ordered the power lines, that can deliver up to 120 megawatts of electricity, to be prepared for full operation.

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According to Eisenkot, the dire humanitarian situation in the Strip, which led Hamas to reconcile with the Palestinian Authority, can lead to instability and while the IDF does not intend to escalate the situation, Hamas is trying to carry out terrorist attacks in the West Bank in order to keep the Gazan front quiet.

Turning to Israel's southern border, some 35 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel in 2017 by terrorists inside the Gaza Strip.

A spokesman from Gaza's electric distribution company said work to switch the lost power back on started on Sunday and was due to be completed on Monday.

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In practical terms, the limited power supply means that most Gazans will have four hours of electricity a day, followed by 12 hours without.

Even with the restoration the residents of Gaza will only have around six hours of electricity per day.

"The Israeli government headed by (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and cabinet ministers today chose to surrender to Hamas again", the family of Sgt. Oron Shaul said.

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In her statement, she said that retaining the bodies was against Islamic law, and she appealed to the mothers, fathers and children of the coastal enclave to return her son for burial, and not to allow themselves to be held hostage by the Hamas terrorist organization. The move will restore an additional 50 megawatts of power to Gaza.