Gaza Power Plant Shuts Down, Causes Blackouts

Palestinians walk on a dark street next to a grocery shop lit with battery-powered lamps, during a power cut in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

GAZA (AP) - Gaza’s power distribution company said on Thursday that supplies to the territory’s 2 million residents have dropped to unprecedented lows, with blackouts lasting for more than 24 hours.

While the Palestinian enclave needs at least 400 megawatts of power a day, only 70 are available since Gaza’s power plant shut down late Wednesday.

Diesel fuel from neighboring Egypt had kept the station running at half capacity since June 21, but deliveries were interrupted after a deadly attack on Egyptian soldiers last week near the border.

Israel, the main provider of power to Gaza, has cut shipments at the request of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinian leader is trying to put pressure on Gaza’s Hamas rulers. The terror group seized control of Gaza from Abbas’ forces a decade ago.