Every year, Israel provides more than 125 megawatts of electricity to the Gaza Strip, which constitutes more than half of the electrical power supply. Furthermore, Israel supplies about 10 million cubic meters of water a year. The Department of Infrastructure at the Coordination and Liaison Administration in Gaza works to improve the infrastructure of the Gaza Strip in the energy, sewage and telecommunications sectors, in order to enable normal life for residents.

Currently, there are 10 power lines connecting Israel and the Gaza Strip as well as 3 water lines, which have recently been approved to transfer an additional 10 million cubic meters of water annually. This department promotes a number of significant projects to improve the infrastructure in the Gaza Strip with the coordination of the Water and Energy Authorities of the Palestinian Authority, ministries in Israel and the international community.

For example, COGAT recently promoted an initiative for a natural gas pipeline from Israel into the Gaza Strip in order to upgrade the output of the Gaza power plant and help solve the electricity shortage. This took place alongside a host of other projects that COGAT supports. Other examples include the establishment of a large desalination plant in Deir al-Balah, which will provide 55 million cubic meters of additional water for the residents; the connection of a sewage treatment plant; the connection of a new high voltage line which will double the amount of electricity to the Gaza Strip; and setting up infrastructure for waste collection.

Part of the daily work of this department includes coordinating the entry of equipment and infrastructure from the Palestinian Energy Authority and fixing defects on both Israeli and Palestinian factors.

This office is fully operational during emergency times as well; when Israel is under Hamas' rocket fire, this department ensures that electrical and water lines maintain a constant supply to Gaza residents.

Israel and the Gaza CLA's Infrastructure Department provide these services to the residents of the Gaza Strip, despite the constant threat of terror from Hamas. Instead, Hamas uses their funds to carry out terror acts rather than supporting Gaza residents with the essential resources they need; while Hamas utilizes 24/7 electricity for terror tunnels, Gaza residents are left with just a few hours of electricity a day.

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Infrastructure Department Commander
Lieutenant Lior Shweitzer