Hamas Closes Power Plant

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GAZA STRIP - Hamas officials shut down the power plant Thursday, cutting electricity to many residents of Gaza City.

The power plant provides less than a fourth of Gaza's electricity, while there's been no cessation in the three-quarters of the electricity supply that flow through Israeli power lines.

Many Gaza observers claim that plunging the city into darkness provides good anti-Israel fodder for Hamas.

Meanwhile, Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists continue firing rockets and mortar shells on southern Israel.

Four landed Thursday evening, one of which exploded on the outskirts of the coastal city of Ashkelon, bringing the day's total to at least eight rockets and an unspecified number of mortar shells.

No injuries or property damage were reported in the attacks.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak cancelled shipments of diesel fuel and 30 truckloads of humanitarian supplies in response to Thursday's shelling.

Source: YNet news

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