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Egypt’s power cuts persist amid heat, declining natural gas production

Egypt wants to export more natural gas, including in cooperation with neighboring Israel, but domestic production is declining amid the government’s efforts to reduce consumption.
The sun sets behind road lamps along a highway in El-Shorouk.

Electricity cuts in Egypt are threatening people’s well-being, a rights watchdog said on Tuesday, while natural gas production is also down.

Human Rights Watch said that the Egyptian government’s scheduled electricity cuts are putting people’s economic and social rights at risk.

“Egypt’s government has long demanded implicitly that Egyptians sacrifice their civil and political rights in return for economic prosperity,” the group’s deputy regional director, Adam Coogle, said in a press release. “But electricity cuts dramatically reduce people’s ability to realize their rights, including food, water and health care.


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