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Power shortages adding to humanitarian crisis in Gaza - Anderson

19 February, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said power shortages in Gaza are adding to the growing humanitarian crisis for many Palestinians. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"The escalation of tensions and Israeli military operations in Gaza in recent days is exacerbating an already dire situation for the Palestinian people. 

"For months Gaza has been crippled by power shortages but on Thursday the only remaining operating power station in the area shut down. 

"This has left two million people in Gaza without power, including schools, hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

"This lack of power is adding to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and increased tension in recent days will only make matters worse. 

"The international community, and the EU in particular have a responsibility to act in the interests of the Palestinian people and ensure they have access to basic facilities such as power, as well as challenging Israel over its ongoing blockade and abuse of the human rights of Palestinians."

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