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Isolated Gaza forced to shut down power plant

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Isolated Gaza forced to shut down power plant


Running out of fuel – Gaza’s main power plant has shut down after Israel closed its borders with the territory in response to Palestinian rocket attacks. Power cuts are expected to affect the whole of the impoverished territory – home to some 1.5
million people – including hospitals, sewage works and food refrigeration systems.

Stores have also started running out of goods as people stock up supplies. The fishing industry has also been hard hit, with fuel shortages forcing boats to stay at harbour.

Even humanitarian is being cut off – Israel says only cases that receive approval from the defence ministry will be let through. “The sea, the land and the sky are closed,” says this fisherman. “Everywhere is closed, there is no fuel so we can’t work.”

Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman Ayeh Mekel says the move is necessary: “Israel is applying pressure on the terrorist organisations in Gaza in order to put an end to the daily barrage of rockets against Israeli citizens.”

More than 30 Palestinians, most of them members of militant groups, have been killed in the past week in raids by Israel in response to daily rocket attacks on its territory.

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