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Gaza's electricity protests are bold sign of dissent

Qatar pledged to donate $12 million to help ease the Gaza Strip's electricity crisis, following a wave of massive protests against Hamas' ineffectual running of the electricity sector in the Strip.
Palestinian activist Mohammed al-Taluli (top), 25, chants slogans during a protest at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on January 12, 2017, against the Palestinian enclave's ongoing electricity crisis.
The 25-year-old nicknamed Guevara because of his admiration of the Latin American revolutionary has returned to his home despite warnings that Hamas security forces were looking for him due to his role as an organiser of recent protests over severe electricity shortages.
 / AFP / Mohammed A
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Following massive protests in the Gaza Strip over a lack of electricity, Qatar pledged on Jan. 15 to donate $12 million to purchase fuel for Gaza's sole power plant over a period of three months. Gaza's power outage crisis has culminated in recent days after three generators at the plant stopped operating, leaving residents with just four hours of power per day. 

The Gaza Strip relies on three sources for electricity. The Israel Electric Corporation provides 120 megawatts daily in exchange for payment from the Palestinian Authority. This supply has not increased since 1976, even as the population in the Gaza Strip has grown to 2 million. Egypt provides the Gaza Strip with 32 MW daily, and Gaza's own power plant provides between 60 to 80 MW, though this figure is typically much lower, since the generators are often inoperable due to a lack of fuel.

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