A Palestinian vendor sells snacks on a beach during a power cut as he uses battery-powered lights in Gaza City, July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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An already-severe electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip has worsened due to the recent military flare-up between Palestinian armed groups and Israel, officials in the enclave said Thursday.Israel's electricity company says a Palestinian rocket fired from the Gaza Strip damaged three lines servicing the south of the blockaded enclave run by the Islamist movement, Hamas.The Gaza Strip has for years suffered from electricity shortages that have badly affected its economy and the daily life of its two million residents.Gaza is now receiving some 85 megawatts instead of the 120 usually delivered by Israel, he said.Guislain Defurne, head of the ICRC's sub-delegation in Gaza, said many people will end up permanently disabled.
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