Gaza power plant shuts down for ‘lack of fuel’

A Palestinian man warms himself by a fire inside his house at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City March 13, 2014

GAZA CITY — The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down Saturday due to a lack of fuel from Israel, which closed a goods crossing after rocket attacks, the energy authority said.

“The plant has completely ceased to function due to a lack of fuel caused by (Israel’s) closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing,” said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist movement Hamas.

On Thursday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza and the Erez pedestrian crossing “until further security assessments,” after dozens of rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists on Wednesday.

In response the energy authority cut the power plant’s operation from 12 hours a day to six until the fuel ran out…

Note also this from March 12: Egypt destroys 1,370 Gaza smuggling tunnels: Egypt’s military said Wednesday it has destroyed 1,370 smuggling tunnels under its border with the Gaza Strip, as Cairo’s ties remain sour with the Hamas movement that rules the Palestinian enclave.

And today from Reuters, “The closure of the crossing by the Israeli occupation is an act of collective punishment,” Ahmed Abu Al-Amrain, a spokesman Gaza’s energy authority said.

Are not the rockets attacks on Israel from Gaza “collective punishment”?