Days of Palestine – Gaza
The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down Saturday as a result of the ongoing Israeli aggression against Gaza and shortage of fuel, according to the Palestinian Energy Authority.
It said in a statement that the decision to shut down the plant came due to the current situation and the inability of the company running the power plant to supply the fuel needed to keep it running due to the Israeli blockade and week-long closure of the commercial crossing with Gaza.
Israel started yesterday an aggression against the Gaza Strip killing 12 people, injuring around 100, and destroying property.
Israeli occupation has also closed all crossings with Gaza since early last week, before the start of its aggression.
In the early morning hours of 28 June 2006, the Israeli occupation warplanes attacked the only electrical power plant operating in the Gaza Strip.
Six missiles were fired at the power plant’s six transformers. Two of the missiles missed their target, so two more missiles were fired a few minutes later, destroying the remaining transformers.
Nevertheless, for the 2 million residents of the Gaza Strip, who have been forced to live without electricity for long parts of the day and night, the harsh effects of the attack continue to be felt.
The effects of the attack are apparent in all areas of life. As a result of the lack of electricity, the level of medical services provided by clinics and hospitals has declined significantly; most of the urban population receive only two or three hours of water a day; the sewage system is on the verge of collapse; many inhabitants’ mobility has been severely restricted as a result of non-functioning elevators; and the lack of refrigeration has exposed many to the danger of food-poisoning.
Israeli occupation forces continued Saturday morning to attack different areas of besieged Gaza Strip with multiple airstrikes for the second day running, killing one Palestinian and wounding four others.
After the death of another civilian in an Israeli attack on Gaza in the morning, the Palestinian health ministry updated that the Israeli aggression resulted so far in the death of 12 citizens, including a five-year-old girl, a 23-year-old woman and a senior commander of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing.
The new victim was pronounced dead at Nasser Hospital at about eight o’clock in the morning after he sustained serious injuries during an Israeli attack on az-Zanna area in the east of Khan Yunis.
79 citizens, including 23 children and 13 women, were also injured in the Israeli aggression. Four of the wounded have suffered injuries described by the health ministry as critical and serious.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian resistance continued to launch volleys of rockets at Israeli targets in response to the Israeli aggression against Gaza.