The serious energy crisis in the Gaza Strip has led to a rare popular protest and violent clashes between the residents and Hamas’s security forces on Thursday evening.
For weeks, Gazans have been making do with less than half their usual electricity supply—barely a few hours a day—with no sign of the shortages alleviating anytime soon, fuelling distress and frustration among the population.
Normally, Gaza’s power alternates on eight-hour cycles, with generators providing electricity to those that can afford it in the down times. But since late last year, there have been only three or four hours of electricity a day in total.
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