EntertainmentNews Israel cuts electricity supply to Gaza, targets Hamas written by Taiwo Adediran June 12, 2017 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, plots Hamas downfall Israel decided to reduce electricity supplied to the Gaza Strip in order to cripple the Islamist Hamas movement, Israeli Public Security Minsiter Gilad Erdan told Kan radio on Monday. “They [Hamas] receive support from Qatar and have received aid from other countries in the past, but they usually choose to put the funds towards building up infrastructure towards terrorism,” Erdan said. Israel’s security cabinet had unanimously decided to slice the supply of electricity to Gaza, already in the throes of an electricity shortage, by about 40 per cent late Sunday, Israeli media reported. The decision was made after an earlier request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinian Authority no longer pay for Gaza’s electricity purchased from Israel, Haaretz newspaper said. Israel has been automatically deducting the costs from the Palestinian taxes it collects on goods sent to Palestinian areas. The request is seen as a way for Abbas and his ruling Fatah party to put pressure on the rival Hamas movement to cede control over Gaza. However, Israeli military officials warned that cutting electricity could worsen the situation in the Gaza Strip and escalate violence. The some two million residents of the coastal enclave have dealt with electricity shortages for years and currently have electricity for only about four hours a day after its only power station closed. Qatar is under pressure from its neighbours to stop funding terrorist activity, including Hamas. Gaza has been under a tight Israeli blockade since 2007, when the Islamic group took over the region. (dpa) Join our twitter community : Follow @royaltimesng 0 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Taiwo Adediran previous post Acting president to sign 2017 national budget today next post 24 Boko Haram insurgents arrested in Auchi You may also like President Buhari votes in Daura, expresses confidence of... February 23, 2019 Second Judge disqualifies self from NBA president’s trial... February 14, 2019 Golden Eaglets off to Tanzania April 11, 2019 Don’t talk down on citizens, Ezekwesili tells Saraki July 5, 2017 Adeleke buried amidst wailing April 24, 2017 Court again stops Kano Assembly from investigating Governor... November 13, 2018 COVID-19: Eiffel Tower reopens after 104 days June 25, 2020 INEC fixes date fo the Anambra central senatorial... November 24, 2017 Gombe SSG, Njoji charges GSU Senate members on... January 26, 2020 138 Nigerians deported from Libya August 18, 2017 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.