Hamas cracks down on Gaza Strip power cuts protest

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Hamas police broke up on Tuesday a protest over electricity cuts in the Gaza Strip using clubs and rifle butts, wounding numerous people, organisers said.

By (AFP)

Published: Wed 11 Aug 2010, 12:39 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:47 AM

“We condemn the Hamas police crackdown on a protest rally organised by us to protest the continuing electricity crisis ... which led of wounding many of our leaders and members by clubs and rifle butts,” the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said in a statement.

An AFP photographer witnessed the crackdown but was prevented from filming by the Hamas police.

The PLFP added that a number of its members were arrested.

The Gaza Strip’s sole power plant reopened on Monday after lack of diesel fuel had forced it to shut down two days earlier.

The power plant shut down on Saturday due to a payment dispute between the strip’s Hamas rulers and the rival Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which are responsible for buying the fuel for the plant.

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