Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai stated today that Gaza is about to experience a serious electricity and water crisis. “The Qatari and Turkish donation to fund the fuel for the power plant in Gaza has run out and without it, there won’t be anyone to pay the excise tax on the fuels for this power plant in Gaza,” Mordechai said in a statement.
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On Friday, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai warned of an upcoming electricity and water crisis in Gaza. “The crisis is approaching and the responsibility lies with the Hamas terror organization,” he said in a statement.
“The Qatari and Turkish donation to fund the fuel for the power plant in Gaza has run out and without it, there won’t be anyone to pay the excise tax on the fuels for this power plant in Gaza,” his statement continued. “The fuel costs for operating the power plants in Gaza are rising and Hamas is not willing to pay the costs and the price of the gas it uses. If the situation is not sorted out within the next few days, the electricity will most likely be cut off and the citizens of Gaza are the ones who will have to face these difficult consequences and pay the price.”
“Israel is not a side in these payment arrangements and is not responsible for the crisis,” Mordechai added. “The full responsibility for every upcoming crisis lies with Hamas. It’s unfortunate for us to see that the Gaza residents are continuing to pay the heavy price.”
Meanwhile, Hamas continues to make it difficult for the UNICEF water desalination facility in the Khan Yunis area to operate. The facility is providing drinking water to 70,000 residents of the area. Despite Hamas’ commitments and the fact that the electric infrastructure is ready, the terrorist organization is refusing to forward 1.5 megawatts of electricity to the desalination plant. This is the reason the facility is only working at partial capacity off of generators that are not intended for daily use.
“Instead of carrying for the welfare of the residents, Hamas is harming them and making it difficult for an international organization that has worked very hard in order to provide drinking water,” officials from the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories stated.