Middle East

Hamas arrests comedian over video lament of Gaza power cuts

  • Palestinians chant slogans during a protest against the electricity shortages at the main square in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The Palestinian enclave is experiencing worst electricity shortage in years, with power supplied to households only three to four hours in a cold winter. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians chant slogans during a protest against the electricity shortages at the main square in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The Palestinian enclave is experiencing worst electricity shortage in years, with power supplied to households only three to four hours in a cold winter. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinians chant slogans during a demonstration against the chronic power cuts in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Thousands of people took to the streets on Thursday to protest chronic power cuts in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, in one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinians chant slogans during a demonstration against the chronic power cuts in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Thousands of people took to the streets on Thursday to protest chronic power cuts in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, in one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinians chant slogans during a demonstration against the chronic power cuts in Jabaliya refugee camp, Northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Thousands of people took to the streets on Thursday to protest chronic power cuts in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, in one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinians chant slogans during a demonstration against the chronic power cuts in Jabaliya refugee camp, Northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Thousands of people took to the streets on Thursday to protest chronic power cuts in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, in one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

Hamas has arrested a Gaza comedian whose video lament on social media about power cuts and other hardships under the rule of the Islamic militant group got more than a quarter million views.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Thursday that Adel al-Mashwakhi, 32, was detained a day earlier, just hours after he posted the one-minute clip with the title, "Hamas, it's enough!"

Hamas has ruled Gaza since 2007, routinely clamping down on dissent.

Its violent takeover of the tiny, crowded coastal territory, home to 1.8 million people, triggered a border blockade by Egypt and Israel that sharply aggravated power shortages.

Gaza is currently experiencing the worst electricity shortage in years, with power supplied to households only three to four hours a day in a cold winter.