Geopolitics Informs Gaza's Energy Crisis

The acute energy crisis that has consumed Gaza is a symptom of realities that have forced Hamas to recalculate its alliances after hedging its bets that a post-Mubarak Egypt would translate into solidified power. Massive queues for gas and daily 18-hour blackouts and hospitals unable to cope without fuel for backup generators has Gaza in a state of panic. The energy crisis has also affected water supplies and sewage treatment. The Hamas government has been smuggling fuel supplies from Egypt to Gaza’s main power plant. The alternative is fuel…

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