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Egypt boosts Gaza power supplies

Cairo adds 7MW to usual 27MW total with more to come, reports say.

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Egypt, Gaza, Power, News

Egypt has increased the amount of electricity it supplies to Gaza despite suffering from its own power shortages.

The North African country has added 7MW to the 27MW it supplies and will add a further 15 MW in the coming weeks, an Egyptian official told the Reuters news agency on Saturday.

Gaza’s only power station was knocked out by Israeli bombardment last week, leaving an estimated one million people without electricity.

The move will put further pressure on Egypt’s creaking power infrastructure that is struggling to keep pace with rising demand.

Regular natural gas exports to Jordan have been cut off since April 20 due to local shortages.

A number of measures have been put in place to tackle the problem including hikes in fuel prices to promote efficiency and reduce waste. 

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