Hamas on borrowed time as Gaza plunged into darkness without any power

Gaza journalist Plestia Alaqad shows the reality of life in Gaza

The Gaza Strip is set to run out of fuel as soon as this afternoon as the result of an Israeli blockade, officials have said.

An official from the energy authority in Gaza says the area is facing an imminent humanitarian catastrophe with the power plant shutting down completely within hours due to the depletion of fuel.

Jalal Ismail warned Gaza’s sole power plant, which is now the only source of mains power there, will stop operating at 2pm local time (12pm BST) today.

Earlier, the leader of the Palestinian Energy Authority, Thafer Melhem shared that Gaza’s power plant, which is currently the only source of electricity in the area, would run out of fuel in approximately 10 to 12 hours.

It comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanhu ordered a “complete siege” of the area following deadly attacks on his country, which began early on Saturday morning.

The Israeli government said it would cut off supplies of fuel, food and other essentials.

Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Monday that Gaza would receive “no electricity, no food, no water, no fuel” as a result of Hamas aggression.

The Gaza Strip gets most of its electricity via power lines from Israel, and produces some of its own at a power plant in Gaza with imported fuel from Israel.

Even outside of the current events unfolding in Palestine, electricity is often only available for 12 to 15 hours per day.

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Along with the power cutoff, Israel also said it would stop the flow of food, fuel, and water to Gaza.

Gaza is governed by Hamas, and Israel controls what and who can enter or exit its borders.

Even before the recent war, approximately 80 percent of people in Gaza relied on humanitarian aid.

On Wednesday, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees reported that nearly half a million people have not received their food rations since Saturday.

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