File - In this Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, a Palestinian family warm themselves up with a fire outside their makeshift house during a power cut in a poor neighborhood in town of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
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The United Nations warned Friday that an energy crisis in the Gaza Strip was severely affecting water supplies and health services, and could trigger an outbreak of violence.The Palestinians have also decided to cap purchases of electricity from Israel, a decision that would further reduce the power supply to Gaza by some 30 percent.Currently, the majority of Palestinians in Gaza are receiving about four hours of electricity per day.Thursday, Israel said it will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after Palestinian government officials said payments would be scaled back.The Gaza Strip has been torn by three wars since 2008 – the latest one in 2014 that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians.
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