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Israel increases electricity to Gaza at PA’s request

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz instructs the Israel Electric Corporation to restore full electricity to Gaza, after more than half a year of a 35% reduction after the Palestinian Authority intentionally decreased payments to Israel.

Israel’s ten power lines into Gaza, which can provide up to 120 megawatts, will be “fully operational” by tomorrow night at the request of the PA, the Defense Ministry says.

The PA has led a high-stakes campaign to weaken Gaza’s Hamas rulers by gradually reducing the flow of electricity to the territory it lost to the terrorist group in 2007.

— Dov Lieber

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