Hamas cracks down on Gaza Strip power cuts protest

Hamas police broke up Tuesday a protest over electricity cuts in the Gaza Strip using clubs and rifle butts, wounding numerous people, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said in a statement.

"We condemn the Hamas police crackdown on the protest rally organized by us, which led to the wounding of many of our leaders and members," the PFLP said.

The statement added that a number of the PFLP’s 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.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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