Shelling hits Gaza power plant

Israeli shelling knocked out Gaza’s only electric power plant July 28, Gazan officials said.

“Gaza’s sole power plant has stopped working due to Israeli shelling last night, which damaged the steam generator and later hit the fuel tanks which set them on fire,” Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, Gaza’s deputy director of the energy authority, told the French news agency AFP.

The plant supplies electricity to the heavily populated Gaza City and other areas of the coastal strip. The plant also was hit last week and was working at a reduced capacity, Reuters reported.

Gaza also receives electricity from Israel. Five out of 10 electricity lines from Israel to Gaza have also been damaged, however, according to AFP. — jta