Egypt to ease Gaza power shortage
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Egypt to ease Gaza power shortage

New Egyptian regime will increase electric flow, help build transmitter

A house in Gaza lit by a gas lamp during an electric shortage (photo credit: Wissam Nassar/Flash90)
A house in Gaza lit by a gas lamp during an electric shortage (photo credit: Wissam Nassar/Flash90)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian energy official said on Monday that Egypt had agreed to ease Gaza’s chronic power shortages.

Gaza has suffered frequent blackouts and fuel shortages because of a border blockade imposed after the 2007 takeover of the territory by Hamas.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak had sided with Israel in enforcing the blockade, trying to isolate the Islamist militants on his doorstep. Egypt’s new rulers have eased Gaza’s isolation.

The energy deal announced is a major step toward a greater Egyptian role in Gaza.

Energy official Omar Kittaneh says Egypt will increase the electricity flow to Gaza in coming days, then set up a new transmitter there and eventually link Gaza to the regional grid.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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