Gaza Rocket Hits Power Line, Causes Blackout

(Hamodia Staff) -

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward communities in Israel accidentally hit a high voltage power line on Sunday on the Gaza side. The line is administered by the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC).

The strike caused a disruption of power to 70,000 northern Gaza residents located in Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Silvan Shalom, the National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Minister, told the IEC not to endanger their workers’ lives by sending them to repair the high-voltage electric wires, which  could take several hours.

The IEC announced, therefore, that they will only repair the downed power line when the security situation allows.

According to Arutz Sheva, the Gaza Strip receives electricity from another source besides the IEC. The PA’s Palestine Electric Company, run by Hamas, supplies electricity from a 140-megawatt generator. This generator was reportedly still operating.