Gaza’s Only Power Plant Shut Down Due to Lack of Fuel
The only power plant in the Gaza Strip was shut down on Saturday due to a lack of fuel. A spokesman for the electricity company said this on the fifth day of Israel’s complete closure of the enclave.
The site typically runs on diesel from Israel, but the country closed the border crossings this week. Since Friday afternoon, several Israeli attacks have been carried out in the direction of Gaza, which has been partially blocked for 15 years.
Israel itself says these are preemptive strikes against Islamic Jihad and a Palestinian group considered a terror organization by the West. The organization has a strong presence in Gaza and the West Bank.
The Israeli army estimates it killed 15 Islamic Jihad fighters in its attacks. The Islamist group’s armed wing said on Friday it has already fired more than 100 rockets into Israeli territory as a “first response” to Israeli attacks that killed one of the group’s leaders, Tayssir Al-Jabari.
At least 11 people, including a five-year-old child, have been killed since Friday, according to the Hamas-led health ministry in Gaza. It is the worst clash between the Jewish state and armed organizations in Gaza since the 11-day war of May 2021, which killed 260 Palestinians and 14 Israelis.