Israel to reduce Gaza electricity supply citing Palestinian spat

Jerusalem: Israel says it will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be scaled back.

Major General Yoav Mordechai of the Israeli defense body COGAT, said on Thursday the move is due to "internal problems" between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He did not say when electricity would be reduced.

File image of Gaza. Reuters

File image of Gaza. Reuters

Abbas has threatened to exert financial pressure on Hamas, his main political rival, and Palestinian officials said earlier this month payments would stop.

The Islamic militant group seized Gaza in 2007, driving out Abbas' forces.

Gaza has suffered increasing hardship since the Hamas takeover, which triggered a border blockade by Israel and Egypt.

Gazans endure long power cuts, with electricity now available for four hours a day.

Updated Date: May 25, 2017 20:12 PM

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