World Bulletin/News Desk
Qatar has pledged to fund the purchase of fuel needed to operate Gaza's only power plant for a three-month period.
"Qatari Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani has informed Ismail Haniyeh, deputy head of Hamas' political office, that his country planned to make a deposit in the Palestinian Authority's treasury earmarked for the purchase of fuel for Gaza's power plant for three months," read a statement from Haniyeh's office.
Al-Thani, the statement noted, had also reaffirmed Qatar's support for the people of Palestine, especially those in the embattled Gaza Strip.
Gaza's sole power plant went offline on July 29 after its main fuel tank was targeted by Israeli airstrikes.
Even though the plant remains functional, it has stopped running due to Gaza's chronic fuel shortage.
The Gaza Strip requires 360 megawatts of electricity per day – of which only 200 megawatts are currently available – to meet the needs of its roughly 1.9 million residents.
Gaza currently has three sources for electricity: Israel, which provides 120 megawatts; Egypt, which supplies 28 megawatts; and Gaza's power plant, which generates between 40 and 60 megawatts daily.
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