Israel to resume power supply to Gaza Strip

Cheryl Sanders
January 9, 2018

Last week, the Palestinian media outlet Wafa reported that the Palestinian Authority has agreed to restore the power supply to Gaza for the nearly two million residents of the coastal enclave.

Israel's Energy Ministry said on Sunday that power supplies will be returned by morning.

"In accordance with the orders of President Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas], the government has made a decision to restore the supply of 50 megawatts of electricity to the Gaza Strip", PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's office said in a statement.

The armed wing of Hamas movement, known as al-Qassam Brigades, on Monday sent a letter in Hebrew via Twitter to the mother of an Israeli soldier, who has been missing in Gaza since 2014.

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

The fate of Hamas's weapons and security forces has been a sticking point in the ongoing reconciliation efforts between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

"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.

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.

In October 2011, Egypt brokered a prisoners' swap deal between Hamas and Israel, where more than 1,000 Palestinians, imprisoned in Israel were freed for the release of an Israeli soldier was abducted in Gaza in 2006.

Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas withdrew his guarantee to pay Israel for power in April, leaving Gaza's two million residents with only three to four hours of electricity a day as supplies were cut by about half.

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