A palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. / AFP / SAID KHATIB
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Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after funding cuts by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, an Israeli minister said Monday, worsening an already severe shortage in the Hamas-run enclave.Gazans currently receive only three or four hours of electricity a day, delivered from the territory's own power station and others in Israel and Egypt.After repeated failed reconciliation attempts, Abbas has tried to squeeze Hamas financially in recent months, hoping to force it to cede control of Gaza, which the group has ruled for the last decade.Palestinian Authority official Tariq Reshmawi said for the past 10 years the authority has paid Israel $12.7 million and Egypt $2 million every month for providing power to the Strip.Israel and the PA cooperate in different areas despite the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but Israel views Hamas as a terrorist organization and has imposed a blockade on Gaza.
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