Gaza, 19 Jumadal Awwal 1436/10 March 2015 (MINA) – Energy and Natural Resources Authority in Gaza announced full shutdown of Gaza power station on Monday (9/3) evening due to the expiration of the Turkish grant and the continuation of tax imposition on the power station’s fuel.
The Authority said, in a statement on Monday, that not responding to its demands for the cancellation of the unaffordable taxes imposed on Gaza power station’s fuel, estimated at 137% over the original price of fuel, is the main reason for the frequent power cut offs, Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
The Authority affirmed its willingness and responsibility for the purchase of fuel through monthly money collected by the Electricity Distribution Company under the condition of the removal of taxes on fuel and keeping its original price only.
The Authority renewed calling on the Palestinian officials, popular and civil authorities, along with Palestinian factions to support this demand. It also called on the Palestinians to set aside political bickering and take a clear stand toward this humanitarian issue. (T/P006/R03)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)