Netanyahu: No interest in escalation over Gaza power spat

Netanyahu: No interest in escalation over Gaza power spat

Netanyahu: No interest in escalation over Gaza power spat

Al-Quds highlighted warnings that a catastrophe would befall the besieged Gaza Strip when Israel reduces the electricity supply. Resentful over its 2007 ouster from Gaza, the sustained presence of what the Authority sees as an illegitimate governing body hurts aspirations for a unified Palestinian Government-and thus peace talks with Israel. But PA spokesman Tareq Rashmawi coupled that explanation with a demand that Hamas agree to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' unity initiatives, which include holding the first parliamentary and presidential elections in more than a decade.

Last month, the Palestinian Authority informed Israel that it would cover only 70 percent of the monthly cost of electricity supplied by the Israel Electric Corporation to the Gaza Strip.

Gaza's 2 million residents get by with just four hours of electricity daily.

But now the pressure is on Qatar to stop supporting Hamas.

The Israeli government miscalculated in 2005 in the Gaza disengagement; it dare not make the same mistake in 2017 with Yehudah and Shomron.

"The latest finding verifies once again that Hamas's cruelty knows no limits, including endangering centers of learning and education, and using children as human shields", Danon said, according to the Times of Israel.

It has raised fears of a new upsurge in violence, with Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza having fought three wars since 2008.

On June 1, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) found "part of a tunnel that passes under two adjacent agency schools in the Maghazi camp" during construction work, spokesman Christopher Gunness said on Friday.

Abbas has reportedly made a decision to slash electricity payments for Gaza in a further bid to pressure Hamas.

After this reduction, each household will have less than two hours electricity every day.

Israel, meanwhile, has started to build a subterranean barrier around the Gaza Strip to make it more hard for Islamist militants to use cross-border attack tunnels as they did in 2014, when the two sides fought a seven-week war in which more than 2000 Gazans and several dozen Israeli soldiers were killed. "Hamas is demanding that the PA pay for the electricity and the PA is refusing to do so".

According to the report, the sources confirmed Monday that Cairo handed Gaza-based Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar a list of security demands, including the extradition of 17 fugitives wanted on terrorism charges.

"We demand they desist from any activities or conduct that put beneficiaries and staff at risk and undermine the ability of United Nations staff to provide assistance to Palestine refugees in safety and security", the agency said, adding that the sanctity and neutrality of United Nations premises must be preserved at all times. "Earlier this month, more Hamas tunnels were found under two UN Relief Works Agency schools in Gaza", Royce said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday insisted on the disbanding of the United Nations' agency that supports millions of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, days after U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley visited Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

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