>> Plunging the Gaza Strip deeper into darkness. Israeli officials announcing they'll reduce electricity supplies to the enclave again. That after the Palestinian Authority, which mediates between Israel and Gaza, announced a limit to how much it'll will pay for the territory's power needs. The Gaza Strip's run by Hamas and its power grid is dependent on Israeli supplies.
At the moment, Gaza gets about four hours of electricity a day, this decision will mean they get 45 minutes less. Reuters, Jeffrey Halloran in Jerusalem, explains what's going on. What's really fueling this power crisis, is a power struggle, and that's between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Now Hamas seized the Gaza Strip from Palestinian President Abbas's Fatah movement, a decade ago, and Abbas wants to regain control of the enclave, two million Palestinians.
So what he's doing is affectively, he has his finger on the light switch and he's telling Hamas, look let's go to a new election, let's see what happens. Time has come, now whether Hamas ends to pressure well that's another question. Mean it's saying that it holds Israel and the Palestinian Authority responsible for any humanitarian crisis that erupts in the Gaza Strip.
>> The Palestinian authority which is backed by the west blamed the reduction on Hemas's failure to reimburse it for electricity. Several attempts at reconciliation between the group and Abbas have failed, most recently in 2014. If the Gaza power crisis gets worse, health services already reliant on stand alone generators could collapse.
Israeli military and security chiefs though, backed the move despite concern that Hamas could respond by increasing hostilities with Israel.