Israel to restore power to Gaza after Palestinian dispute

Steinitz Orders Electricity Back to Gaza, Pro-Palestinian Authority Groups Say 'Not Enough'

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Israel's Energy Ministry said on Sunday that power supplies will be returned by morning. The Authority's decision to resume the electricity payments could help smooth the way towards completing the accord.

Abbas had dramatically reduced payments to Israel for the electricity - effectively slashing the supply - in a bid to pressure Hamas to loosen its grip on Gaza.

Amid a Palestinian reconciliation process, Abbas' government said last week it would restore the electricity supply. The majority of rockets were fired in the last two months of 2017, coinciding with the army's demolition of two cross-border terror tunnels and US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.

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Members of the Hamas terror group in Gaza in January 2017.

Leah Goldin, the mother of Lt. Hadar Goldin, turned directly to the people of Gaza in a statement posted on the Arabic Facebook page of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai.

The group said in a letter written in Hebrew on its Twitter account "The residents of Gaza, mothers, fathers and children don't accept abducting bodies because it's inhuman".

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Hamas leaders in Gaza had repeatedly announced that until now nothing is new in relation to reaching another prisoners' swap deal with Israel to release the four Israelis for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

The country stopped supplying the power in June after the Palestinian Authority said it would no longer pay for the electricity in an effort to pressurise Hamas to give up control of Gaza.

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