Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar looks on after a meeting with Foreign Press Association, in Gaza City February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Gaza’s only power plant went offline Saturday because the Strip’s Energy and Natural Resources Authority has been unable to pay a fuel tax imposed on it by the Palestinian unity government.

“The power plant stopped operating because the Palestinian unity government continues to impose a tax on the price of fuel,” the Hamas-run authority said in a statement.

Hamas has been demanding a fuel tax exemption for years, citing the deteriorating situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Since Hamas won the Palestinian legislative polls in 2006, Israel has imposed a tight blockade on the Gaza Strip, creating a difficult economic and humanitarian situation for many of the territory’s roughly 1.9 million inhabitants.

 

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