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​Gaza throws away 182 tonnes of rotten food amidst electricity crisis

Demonstrators gather outside the UNRWA office to protest against the electricity crisis in Gaza on 19 July 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Demonstrators gather outside the UNRWA office to protest against the electricity crisis in Gaza on 19 July 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

A monitoring committee in Gaza’s southern city, Khan Younis, has destroyed 182 tonnes of rotting food, including frozen beef and juice, Felesteen.ps reported.

Principal of the General Health Department Said Al-Astal said that the food was seized in several shops across the city and then destroyed.

Food marketer Ahmed Shahwan, who distributes locally manufactured food products, said that the food went off because there is not enough electricity to refrigerate it.

Gaza currently has only four hours of electricity per day. Israel has restored the supply of electricity to Gaza it severed in June but one of the Strip’s two turbines which power the sole electricity plant in Gaza has shut down due to lack of fuel.

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