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Tonight, February 14th , Valentines day , worldwide, . Across the globe many people will sit down to a candle lit dinner, by choice,,……….tonight in Gaza , Candle lit dinners are a necessity not a romantic option, and will be for the foreseeable future.
GAZA CITY — Tuesday , February 14th, Gaza Strip’s only power station, which supplies the Palestinian enclave with up to two-thirds of its energy needs,shut’s down COMPLETELY. From today, those without generators will have a mere six hours of Electricity a day until something is resolved. Fuel for the generators is also now in short supply , with the Power company warning that Gaza would soon be ” swimming in a sea of darkness”.
“We are sorry to announce that we are unable to provide hospitals, education premises, water pumps and waste water facilities and all other fields of life with the enough quantities of electricity,” said Abu Al-Amrain, information director at the Energy Authority.
The constant interruption of Electricity over the last few days has already caused serious concerns over the water supply in Gaza ,
Around the darkness of Gaza tonight is the constant noise and smell of generators, shop owners trying to light the front of their shops , children trying to do homework, mothers trying to cook for and feed their families, people struggling in an environment already under siege. Flames from fires lit on balconies are the only lights in the Gaza skyline tonight and the only form of heating for many families on a cold February night, with cold, windy weather forecast for the coming days.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights, PCHR, said today,” The Gaza power plant needs 600,000 liters of fuel a day to keep running, but only 340,000 litres had arrived from Egypt since Friday, with no reserve stocks left in Gaza to cover the shortfall.”
The lack of fuel also means the fishing boats are unable to go out, therefore the supply of fresh fish is very limited which also compounds the problem of an already limited food supply.
Fresh water, heating , food are basic human rights and the denial of these to any people can only be seen as inhumane and contravenes international resolutions and declarations. It is only with the help and intervention of the international community that this crisis , and its eminent consequences to the people of Gaza, will be resolved.
Tonight, February 14th, ……………..Gaza needs your love