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Latest Israeli bombing plunges Gaza into darkness

Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada, 10 December 2010

Air strikes by Israeli warplanes at dawn on Thursday caused serious damage to the Gaza Strip’s only power plant, plunging the territory — which already suffers from frequent outages — into darkness.

Media reports said the air strikes hit two sites belonging to Hamas near the Gaza power plant in Moghraqa village, central Gaza.

Engineer Darar Abu Sisi, director of operations for the Gaza plant, told The Electronic Intifada that at 2:47am an Israeli air attack on a Hamas site near the power plant scattered rocks and debris into the air. A rock crashed into the a current transformer and voltage transformer in a substation, causing the unit to shut down.

The damage forced the plant to reduce production from its usual 65 megawatts daily to about 35 megawatts, Abu Sisi said, far short of current needs. Unless the damage is repaired it may lead to even longer outages than the power cuts people in Gaza already live with.

“I believe that the Gaza power company has been able to coordinate with the Israeli side and we hope that this time they will be able to bring the needed spare part through Israeli land crossings, which are closed of course because of the Israeli siege,” Abu Sisi told The Electronic Intifada.

Even before Thursday’s bombing, Gaza residents face prolonged power outages of six to eight hours per day, adding to the severe hardships caused by the prolonged Israeli siege that prevents people and goods from moving freely in and out of Gaza. Abu Sisi estimated that the outages would increase to eight to ten hours per day.

The power shortages cripple daily life and the already devastated economy, and effect everything from students having no light to study, to households having no power for daily needs, and badly affect hospitals, sanitation and water supply systems.

Another effect is severe noise and air pollution from ubiquitous gasoline-powered generators that people use to cope with the shortages. In 2009 alone, 75 persons died in Gaza from hazardous handling of generators.

In 2006, Israel bombed and severely damaged the power plant’s three turbines which supplies about a third of the electricity used by Gaza’s 1.5 million residents. Since the 2006 bombing, Israel has further crippled electricity supplies by severely limiting the transfer of spare parts and fuel into Gaza.

According to the UN-commissioned Goldstone report into Israel’s winter 2008-09 attack on Gaza, approximately half of Gaza’s electricity supply came from Israel, seven percent from Egypt and a third from the Gaza power plant, leaving a deficit of about eight percent. The electricity deficit reached up to 41 percent at times due to Israeli fuel restrictions, according to other UN sources cited by the Goldstone report.

With no end in sight to the Israeli siege, Thursday’s bombing has just made the lives of Gaza’s population, half of them children, even darker as the longest nights of winter approach.

Rami Almeghari is a journalist and university lecturer based in the Gaza Strip.

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5 Comments

  1. The Abominable Golem is stalking us. Spooks, Goons and Ghouls—psychopaths wanting to eat our brains. It is the Planet of Terror. All our dreams turned to nightmares. They are creeping around out there in the dark night, evil spirits drifting through the ether, demons from Hell.
    ww

    Comment by hybridrogue1 | December 10, 2010

  2. Right on the money again.. rogueman… you sure know how to call them… it won’t be long now.. I get so angry when it just keeps going on and on, then I spout off, and it gets me going for a day or two, then I get antsy again, and go on a yelling spree… don’t let these spooks a.k.a. …well you already called them out..
    Here is another really sad link.

    http://jnoubiyeh.com/2010/12/specialists-siege-on-gaza-imposes-harsh.html

    Look at it all in the big picture, rogue.. everything is about ready to bust wide open..the dollar on the verge of collapse.. oBUMa ready to raise taxes on everyone but the rich, wars everywhere, big freeze in europe, and the eastern u.s., the gulf is dead, so the stream can’t stream. The oil keeps gushing, and ‘they’ keep flushing…corexit… it’s contaminated all the oceans now, and there is no coming back… everything is buckling.. our hope is in God, and HE will do it and pretty soon.. it can’t break loose until He takes us home…. so here we go down the proverbial rabbit hole again… and as things look bleaker and bleaker, I get happier and happier… you always write a great post… hope to see ya again…

    Comment by Joyce | December 10, 2010

  3. Yes…all of history is cycling in mad fractal spirals churning a vortex that we now race towards. More amazing than science fiction–this is reality.

    “The center will not hold”~Yeats
    THE SECOND COMING

    ww

    Comment by hybridrogue1 | December 11, 2010

  4. In this journey that I have been on in this short blip of eterntiy, I thought I would never get to ‘the end’, when I could get back home to my life there, with my beloved One, and my children. Now that we are truly HERE! I also, with you, see the awesomeness of it all. Reading the parts of Isaiah that make sense, after all, rockefeller had the complete unholy bible rewritten after WWII to include a new race called jews, and places like israel that hadn’t existed before.. all to brainwash the masses. Master decepter, this evil satan is, to fool even Gods people ~~~~for only a short while.. there hasn’t been anything ‘real’ about this trip to hell, except for now. NOW it is getting REAL, and truly exciting.. I KNOW we will be here until the bitter end, but now the tide has turned, I can endure it much easier.. it was the lOOOOOOOOOOOng time getting here. God is so merciful, I used to think it was taking forever, now that I’m here, it does seem like it was a ‘blink’…. just as HE says..I work with Quantum Physics. Gods smallest particle. Healer by distance. His smallest particle is the greatest energy. LOVE. WHAT AN AWESOME GOD!

    Comment by Joyce | December 11, 2010

  5. Interesting poem.

    Comment by Joyce | December 11, 2010


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