Gaza’s Energy Authority went on strike between the hours of 19:00 and 23:00 yesterday in protest of the unjust measures taken against Palestinians in the besieged Strip.
This comes at a time of popular protests against salary cuts by the PA and when civilians and all institutions have been called on to take action.
The authority announced on Thursday that the Qatari grant foot fuel to operate Gaza’s only remaining functioning power plant had come to an end. It added that if the government does not cease to apply taxes on fuel, the power station will stop operating tomorrow morning.
The Energy Authority confirmed its readiness to buy fuel tax free to ensure the power plant remains operational and the stability of distribution programmes, stressing that “fuel taxes” are the main cause of the crisis.
Hamas organised a candlelight march throughout Gaza yesterday evening as part of a series of protest activities against the actions being taken to harm Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Mushir Al-Masri, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, told demonstrators: “We are not blind to the enemy’s use of tricks including tightening the siege using its cheap tools: [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas and [Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah. Tightening the siege will blow up in the occupation’s face.”
A member of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Salah Bardawil, stressed that the movement will not give in to political pressure or be threatened.
We are facing a new wave of political siege imposed on our people and our resistance.