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The Gaza Way: Longer Blackouts for Gaza, as Hamas and PLO Quarrel

Posted on July 2 2010 10:15 am
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by Karin Laub

An escalating dispute between the rival Palestinian governments over who should pay Gaza’s electricity bill has caused some of the worst power cuts here in years, leaving Gazans stewing in sweltering heat and cursing politicians of all stripes.

Gazans are used to daily blackouts, especially since Israel bombed the territory’s power plant four years ago following the capture of an Israeli soldier by Gaza militants. However, the latest wrangling between the strip’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers and the Western-backed government in the West Bank has kept Gaza without power for up to 16 hours a day for the past week.

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