The electricity generator for all of Gaza shut down at 6am this morning because it ran out of fuel. Unfortunately this isn’t the 1st time it has happened and will probably not be the last. Right now we are existing on the few megawatts purchased by the PA from Egypt and Israel that will provide us with approximately 4 to 6 hours of electricity each day.Normally we receive 8 hours of electricity then have rolling blackouts of 8 hours.
This is not merely about houses being in the dark-the generator shut-down disrupts municipal services as well. Local water pumping stations will be unable to function and provide us with water. We will have to rely on reserve water tanks that hold only a few hundred liters for each home. Once the reserve tanks are out it will be nearly impossible to refill them until regular electricity supply is restored. I am not sure how long this situation will last but is time to find a better way to ensure we have fuel, electricity and water.
Also cooking fuel is still scarce. Some people are resorting to burning paper and what wood they can find in order to cook food so they can eat. It is just beginning to be cooler weather in Gaza so this situation is bound to get worse unless an alternative can be found.
All this after a night of aggression by Israeli army. I wonder how much more we can take?