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Gaza’s sole power plant will have to shut down within 48 hours if a blockade imposed by Israel is not lifted, officials warned on Thursday, as border tensions simmered following the arrest of a Palestinian militant leader.
Israeli authorities have closed all crossings into Gaza, cutting off access for the fuel trunks that supply the plant, over fears of retaliation attacks following Monday’s arrest of Bassam Al-Saadi, a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group.
Already facing cuts that leave them with just 10 hours of electricity a day, Gaza residents would face further blackouts if the plant stopped operating, leaving the enclave’s only external source of power a daily feed of 120 megawatts that comes from Israel.
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