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A million children suffer in Gaza power cuts

‘Dying in front of my eyes’: Yara with son Ali, 15, who has cerebral palsy and relies on an electric wheelchair PICTURE: PA

MORE than one million children in Gaza are suffering in ‘unlivable’ conditions amid untreated sewage and waterborne diseases, a leading charity warns.

Widespread power cuts mean families are ‘lucky’ to get two hours of electricity a day, said Save the Children. Gaza’s only power plant shut down in April.

One mother, Yara, said her son Ali, 15, who has cerebral palsy, is ‘dying in front of my eyes’. She said: ‘We don’t have enough power to charge his electric wheelchair and when it runs out of battery, Ali becomes totally paralysed. We have not had any tap water for two days.’

Save the Children called on Israel’s government to lift its decade-long blockade of the Palestinian territory and said it will install plastic water tanks for 2,300 families. The charity’s Jennifer Moorehead said: ‘While politicians sleep in air-conditioned homes, Gaza’s children are sweating in the stifling summer heat, unable to sleep, play or study.’