Gaza's only power plant "finished" in Israeli shelling

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A Palestinian man stands looking as flames engulf the fuel tanks of the only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip after it was hit by overnight Israeli shelling, on July 29, 2014, in the south of Gaza City. (Photo: AFP - Mahmud Hams)

Published Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip's only power plant on Tuesday, witnesses said, cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people.

A thick column of black smoke rose from the facility, which supplies the territory with two-thirds of its energy needs, and the fuel containers were in flames.

"The power plant is finished," its director, Mohammed al-Sharif, told Reuters.

He said the local fire brigade was not equipped to extinguish the blaze.

An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment and said she was checking the report.

The plant had already been hit last week and was working at a reduced capacity of about 20 percent, allowing only a few hours of electricity a day for Gaza's residents.

Besides the power plant, Gaza also purchases electricity from Israel, but many of the supply lines have been badly damaged by the recent Israeli attacks fighting, deputy director of the energy authority Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil told AFP.

"Five out of 10 of the Israeli electricity lines into the Gaza Strip were also damaged because of Israeli shelling, and maintenance still cannot reach the areas and fix them," he explained.

(Reuters, AFP)

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The comment by an Israeli military spokeswoman that she "had no immediate comment and said she was checking the report" says it all. No compassion, no concern, no empathy. Just continue to treat the Palestinians as sub-human. Bomb them into submission. It won't work. Israelis will not find peace and security nor acceptance by th einternational community adopting such abhorrent disgraceful strategy. This is the action of a rogue state, out of control.

So there is some truth in what I have said...
Israel is in it for the money
Gaza is a money making venture to Israel.
You see how easy it is too see beyond the rubbish & lies.
And most likely Gaza will receive aid assistance to supply them with power supply.
ONE HAND WASHES THE OTHER
AND WHO CARES HOW MANY TEEN IT COSTS.
IT IS FOR THE GREATER GOOD AFTER ALL.
It is like a father deliberately crippling his child so as to make him a better & more lucrative beggar.

THIS WAS PURELY A BUSINESS DECISION ON THE PART OF ISRAEL.
PORTABLE SOLAR PANELS ARE A MASSIVE BUSINESS IN DESTABILIZED AREAS.
IS / DOES ISRAEL HOLD ANY SHARES / STOCKS & BONDS IN SOLAR ENERGY ?
Then it would make sense that they have eliminated Gaza's electricity supply abilities.
Otherwise what would be the motivation ?
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ is why.

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