Sunday, 15 July 2012

Energy authority: power supply deficit in Gaza now running at 50 per cent

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Energy and Natural Resources authority in Gaza has announced that the deficit in the power supply has reached 50%, in light of the doubling of electricity consumption due to the hot summer climate.

Ahmed Abu Amrain, the Director of Information Center of the Energy Authority, said during a press conference today Sunday that the Authority and Gaza Electricity Distribution Company are working on scheduling the electricity consumption in order to manage the crisis noting that the electricity will be running for 8 hours then cut off for 8 hours, successively throughout the 24 hours.

He attributed the main reasons behind the deficit to the reduction in the amounts of fuel provided for Gaza and which is resulting from the Israeli arbitrary measures and Egyptian inaction in allowing the fuel donated by Qatar into the Gaza Strip.

Abu Amrain also asserted that the energy authority did not benefit from the Qatari fuel as it has been allowed into the Strip in small amounts, pointing out that the quantity that has existed in the storage tanks in Suez since two months represents more than 90% of the total amount of fuel. more

UN delegation arrives in Gaza to discuss Israeli human rights violations

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A delegation from the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner's office arrived in the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening via Egypt's Rafah crossing, Egyptian media said.

The 11-member delegation will discuss Israel’s violations of human rights in the coastal enclave, according to Egypt's Middle East News Agency. more

Why is EU’s Catherine Ashton defending Israel’s use of administrative detention?

Just days before Israel released Palestinian football hero Mahmoud Sarsak from three years of detention without charge or trial, Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs apparently gave her stamp of approval to Israel’s widely condemned practice of “administrative detention.”

In response to a question from members of the European Parliament, the EU’s top foreign affairs official pointedly refused to condemn Israel’s practice, even as Amnesty International has again called on Israel to end it once and for all.

Currently more than 300 Palestinian political prisoners are held by Israel without charge or trial.

Moreover, the circumstances in which she gave her statement suggest Ashton acted in order to ensure that Israel’s human rights abuses would not be discussed by the Foreign Affairs committee of the European Parliament. more