Gaza Terror Rocket Lands Short, Lands on Strip’s Powerlines

AP/ Khalil Hamra

The Times of Israel reports: One of the rockets fired by terrorist groups from Gaza at southern Israel Tuesday struck equipment that provides electricity to the southern Gaza Strip, knocking out power to thousands, a spokesperson for Israel’s Electric Company said.

The damage to three power lines leading to Gaza was preventing the flow of electricity to the the southern areas of the beleaguered coastal enclave, the spokesperson said Tuesday evening, leaving tens of thousands of Gazans with no electricity. The electric company said the repairs were expected to take several days.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz ordered the company to hold off repair work until the situation in the restive border region returned to calm, in order to “not endanger its workers.” Gaza, which already suffered from severe electricity shortage, depends almost entirely on Israel for the several hours of power it receives a day.

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