RAMALLAH, Sunday, August 16, 2020 (WAFA) - Chairman of the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources. Authority, Zafer Melhem, said that the Gaza Strip’s only power plant will stop operating at its full production capacity by next Tuesday.
Melhem told WAFA the power plant will stop operating due to lack of fuel as a result of the Israeli occupation’s closure of Karm Abu Salem crossing, the only commercial border crossing between Israel and Gaza located to the southeast of Rafah, preventing the entry of industrial fuel intended to run Gaza’s only power plant since last Wednesday.
He said that this caused an increase in power supply deficit, to become more than 75%.
Melhem stressed that the station's shutdown would negatively affect all aspects of life in the Gaza Strip, holding the Israeli occupation fully responsible for all the ensuing disastrous consequences.