Damaged Israeli Power Lines Affect Electricity In Gaza Strip

Three of the Israeli power lines which provide electricity to the besieged Gaza Strip have been disconnected due to damages, the Gaza energy authority said on Monday.

The energy authority said in a statement that Israeli power lines 9 and 8, as well as the line feeding the al-Shaaf area, were damaged and disconnected last week and still haven’t been fixed.

Line 9 was reportedly disconnected at dawn on Tuesday, and the other two followed shortly afterwards.

Gaza Energy Authority said that the disconnection of power lines in Gaza Strip was due to the Israeli continued closure of Karam Abu Salem crossing and the disconnection of the Egyptian and Israeli power transmission lines.

The authority revealed in a brief statement that the continued closure of Karem Abu Salem crossing over the coming days prevents fuel entry into the Strip.

The statement pointed out that the Egyptian and Israeli power transmission lines have been disconnected at the same time.

Israeli authorities announced Saturday evening that a three-day general closure would be imposed on all passage between the blockaded Gaza Strip and Israel, as well as between the occupied West Bank and Israel, during the holiday.

The Gaza energy authority added that it was trying its best to carry out maintenance to the damaged lines and use any fuel shipment that could enter Gaza Strip to provide as much power as possible for the longest amount of time, while noting that Gaza’s power station was running on only one generator.

The authority called on all involved parties to provide an uninterrupted fuel supply to Gaza’s electricity sector and to repair the damaged lines as soon as possible.

Prior to the border restrictions imposed as a result of the holiday, Kerem Shalom was closed to fuel imports last month after the crossing was breached by burglars, and as a result, Gaza’s sole power plant was knocked out of service for days.

Even at full capacity, Egyptian and Israeli electricity grids, together with Gaza’s sole power plant, fail to cover the Gaza Strip’s energy needs and only provide energy to Gaza’s inhabitants for eight hours each day.
The power plant has not run at full capacity in years, with Israel’s crippling blockade severely limiting fuel imports into the coastal enclave.

The enclave has experienced severe electricity shortages over the years, exacerbating already dire living conditions in the small Palestinian territory.

In addition to Gaza’s most recent electricity woes, delivery of cooking gas to the blockaded coastal enclav
e was also impeded last week due to complications with gas pipes running through Kerem Shalom.

Officials at the association of oil and gas companies in Gaza Strip said Wednesday that gas pipes at the crossing had been changed, installing new eight-inch pipes as an upgrade to the old four-inch pipes, but the quantity of gas being pumped through them had not been increased as promised by Israel.

Gas committee member Nour al-Din al-Khazindar said at the time that Israel has previously agreed to allow 400 tons of gas to be pumped through the gas line at the crossing, but only 280 tons were being delivered, even after changing the pipes.

He added that there has been no gas had been pumped into Gaza Strip for five consecutive days due to the pipe maintenance.

The head of the gas committee Samir Hamada said that the Gaza Strip was facing a crises due to the lack cooking gas, and the quantity being pumped did not meet the needs of the people in Gaza Strip.

He added that there were 40 gas stations in Gaza Strip, most of which were closed due to the lack of gas imports.