A Palestinian boy is bathing with water from a tank filled by a charity during severe power cuts in the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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A political crisis in Gaza is depriving 2 million people of electricity, vital medical care and clean water in sweltering summer temperatures, the United Nations human rights office said Friday. It appealed to Israel, the State of Palestine and Hamas authorities in Gaza to resolve their conflicts.Hoping to pressure Hamas to relinquish control of Gaza, Abbas, who leads the rival Fatah faction that holds sway in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has cut payments to Israel for the electricity it supplies to Gaza.Hamas authorities in Gaza blame the Palestinian Authority for the misery while Abbas blames the group's refusal to end its control of Gaza.
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