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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Israeli helicopters strike Gaza power plant

Al-Reuters is reporting that an IDF helicopter has shot at least two missiles into a Gaza power plant, knocking out electricity to much of the Gaza Strip.

I have not seen this confirmed anywhere in the Israeli media.

But if it's true (and I have no reason to think it's not) it means that the army is going to 'punish' the 'Palestinians' and not just try to get Gilad Shalit back. The army could have cut off electricity by shutting off the power. After all, Israel supplies it. But by knocking out the plant, the IDF ensures that the 'Palestinians' have a damaged facility that they will need to rebuild.

Update 2:12 AM

HaAretz is confirming the power plant strike.


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At 3:50 PM, Blogger Clyde said...

I think it was a stroke of genius to blow up their power plant. While Israel is a small and comparatively vulnerable country, Gaza is even smaller and more vulnerable, as this proves. As a Floridian who has suffered through lengthy power outages after hurricanes, I know that being without electricity for even a few days is a miserable experience. And this isn't a situation where Hamas Power and Light is going to come out and restring a few wires to get the juice back on. Depending on how badly the power plant was damaged, the availability of replacement parts and the technical expertise to fix the plant, the people of Gaza may not have electricity again for weeks. Since they are dependent on electricity to pump water, this puts them in a rather dire situation where they may be forced to cooperate and then sue for peace or die of thirst. My guess is that they won't have either the parts or expertise to fix the plant, and they'll have to call on their EU welfare bosses to give them more cargo.


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