Hamas: Cutting electricity to Gaza would be 'catastrophic'


For his part, Head of the popular anti-siege committee, MP Jamal al-Khudari, raised on Monday alarm bells over the tragic fallouts of an Israeli decision to reduce power supplies to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

"They [Hamas] receive support from Qatar and have received aid from other countries in the past, but they usually choose to put the funds towards building up infrastructure towards terrorism", Erdan said.

The security cabinet decided Sunday to reduce the daily amount supplied to Gaza by around 45 minutes, Israeli media reported.

Gaza's militant Hamas rulers are warning of renewed violence if Israel acquiesces to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' wishes and reduces electricity to the isolated territory. Resentful over its 2007 ouster from Gaza, the sustained presence of what the Authority sees as an illegitimate governing body hurts aspirations for a unified Palestinian Government-and thus peace talks with Israel.

A month ago, Mordechai warned worldwide aid organizations operating in the Gaza Strip that they had to prepare for the possibility that Israel would gradually cut of the power supply to the territory.

"We are now in a situation where Gaza receives about four hours of electricity [per day], it is likely to be reduced to 2 hours", Mladenov told i24NEWS.

Last week, Egypt has cut its diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing several reasons including the latter's support to Hamas.

Israeli Ambassador at the U.N. Danny Danon strongly condemned Hamas in a letter addressed to the president of the U.N. Security Council, bringing new light to the Islamic terrorist group's ongoing terrorist efforts that was most recently revealed through its tunneling beneath the U.N. school.

Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanou described the decision as "dangerous and disastrous" and threatened that it would "lead to an accelerated deterioration and a blow-up of the situation in Gaza".

The term "leniency toward Hamas" indicates that Israeli officials make no distinction between Gaza's entire civilian population on the one hand, and a political grouping Israel opposes, on the other.

The Israeli diplomat also criticized the failure of the U.N.to sufficiently act upon numerous reports that have been issued divulging Hama's exploitation of United Nations facilities in the Gaza Strip.

Israel's decision to reduce the electricity supply to Gaza, in unison with the PA, is "catastrophic and unsafe", Hamas declared.

There's no need for convoluted explanations to understand that a further reduction in Gaza's power supply will severely worsen the already hard situation there.

UNRWA said it had protested to Hamas, the group that rules the enclave and which had used a network of cross-border tunnels to launch attacks inside Israel in a 2014 war. Egyptian security forces also uncovered and destroyed some of the tunnels dug under the border with Gaza.

"We're not interested in an escalation vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip but we are interested in security and our policy hasn't changed".