Hundreds of Gazans protest electricity cuts

In this file photo, Palestinian children do their homeworks during a power cut in Gaza City, on Sep. 11, 2017. Residents of Gaza have been experiencing for the past two weeks long hours of electricity outage.(AFP)
Updated 05 January 2018
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Hundreds of Gazans protest electricity cuts

GAZA CITY: Hundreds of Palestinians protested in the Gaza Strip on Thursday against electricity cuts and worsening economic conditions in the coastal enclave, an AFP journalist reported.
The demonstrators rallying in the Jabaliya refugee camp vented their anger against both the Palestinian Authority of president Mahmud Abbas and the Islamist movement Hamas, which runs Gaza.
Gaza’s two million residents have been subjected to a decade-long blockade by Israel, which says it imposes the tight controls to prevent Hamas attacks on its territory.
The electricity cuts are a result of a dispute between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.
The PA announced on Wednesday that it had agreed to restore payments for electricity in Gaza, six months after halting them.
The electricity payments have been a key issue in ongoing efforts at reconciliation between Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah, but they have yet to take effect.


Indian oil tanker suffers explosion off Oman, 3 crew missing

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Indian oil tanker suffers explosion off Oman, 3 crew missing

  • Indian shipping company says one of its crude oil tankers suffered an explosion off the coast of Oman
  • The Shipping Corporation of India says the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav on Tuesday in the Gulf of Oman

DUBAI, UAE: An Indian shipping company says one of its crude oil tankers suffered an explosion off the coast of Oman and three of its sailors are missing.
The Shipping Corporation of India says the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav on Tuesday in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route to Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates.
The shipper says one crew member suffered burns in the blast and was evacuated by helicopter. It says the Omani navy and other ships responded to the fire.
A subsequent stock disclosure filed by the shipper said: “The fire has been extinguished and the ship is fully manned and operational.”
The company did not identify the nationalities of the missing. A company spokesman declined to comment Wednesday.