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Gaza power outage causes sewage overflow

November 13, 2013

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian official says sewage from a treatment plant is overflowing onto the streets in the Gaza Strip because of a shortage of electricity needed to process the waste.

Saed al-Atbash of the Gaza City wastewater department says the spillage could harm the environment and affect 20,000 people.

The liquid was submerging the tires of passing cars and smelled rancid.

Gaza has been enduring fuel and electricity shortages that have caused hours-long outages.

The shortages are due to political infighting as well as Egypt’s closure of smuggling tunnels along the border with Gaza that provided fuel to the Palestinian territory. Egypt also has halted transfers of Qatari-funded fuel because of militant attacks on Egyptian security forces in the lawless Sinai Peninsula.

Higher-priced Israeli fuel transfers are continuing.

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