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Half of Gaza without power as Israeli blockade continues – Ó Snodaigh

10 November, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice and Human Rights Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said half of the city of Gaza is currently without electricity as Israel is refusing to allow fuel, paid for by the EU, into the city. Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who is currently visiting Gaza with a group of European Parliamentarians, visited the city's power plant this morning.

Speaking from Gaza he said, "The only power plant in Gaza City has been working at just a third of its capacity since it was bombed by Israel two years ago. However today, due to fuel shortages as a result of the Israeli blockade of the city, the power plant has had to cut off power to half of the city. Israel continues to block fuel from entering the city even though it is paid for by the EU.

"Today's development is a further escalation of the humanitarian crisis caused by Israel's blockade. Gaza is now suffering from food, medical and fuel shortages and urgently needs help. Thousands of homes are without power and the UN is struggling to feed the population while hospitals can't get hold of the medical supplies that they need.

"The need to suspend the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement, which underpins preferential trade with Israel and is subject to Israel's compliance with human rights, could not be clearer. The blockade of Gaza is a gross violation of the human rights of an entire population and international pressure must be brought to bear on Israel to bring about its end." ENDS

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