More rockets fired at Israel in 2017 than previous two years

Palestinian refugees in 1948

Palestinian refugees in 1948

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz on Sunday instructed the Israel Electric Corporation to increase the supply to maximum capacity, after more than half a year of a 40% reduction after the Palestinian Authority intentionally decreased payments to Israel.

Last week a source in the Shin Bet stated that "recently there has been a growing motivation by Hamas headquarters in the Gaza Strip to carry out terrorist attacks through operatives in the West Bank".

The measure comes amid a Palestinian reconciliation process between the PA and the Hamas terror group that has ruled the Strip for the last 10 years, and was one of the key demands by Hamas.

Abbas's move, which affected schools, factories, hospitals and households, was part of a bid to press Hamas to loosen its hold over the enclave a decade after the Islamist movement seized the territory from forces loyal to him.

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Even with the restoration the residents of Gaza will only have around six hours of electricity per day.

The majority of projectiles were fired towards the South from late October after the IDF discovered and destroyed a cross-border Islamic Jihad terrorist tunnel and following the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by US President Donald Trump. In practical terms, the limited power supply means that most Gazans will have four hours of electricity a day, followed by 12 hours without. Hamas said it only can give information on the Israeli soldiers through a prisoners' swap deal between the two sides.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eventually made a decision to remove the metal detectors from the site, but in the Israeli settlement of Halamish a Palestinian youth stabbed three members of the same family to death saying he was doing it for the Al-Aqsa mosque. The move will restore an additional 50 megawatts of power to Gaza.

No injuries were reported on either side of the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel.

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