A family warms up next to a fire outside their makeshift house during a power cut in a neighborhood in Khan Younes.
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At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness – the result of chronic and worsening power outages.The power shortages are the worst to hit Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory 10 years ago. In recent weeks, electricity has been available for just three or four hours a day. Although some relief has arrived, the power woes have turned Gaza into a cold, dark place at the height of the winter season and sparked rare public protests against the Islamist movement.Gaza hasn't enjoyed full-time electricity in at least a decade because this requires 400 to 450 megawatts of power daily.While Qatar's help has brought some relief, residents still lack power for at least eight hours a day, usually during the evenings.
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