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Hamas cuts off its own electricity after Gaza rocket hit electrical grid

By Mason White 3:45 PM July 14, 2014
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By: Aryeh Savir
Thousands of residents in the Gaza Strip lost power after a Hamas rocket hit the electrical grid that supplies power to the territory, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

In what seems to be routine, Hamas continues to fire rockets at civilian targets all across Israel throughout the day and night, as the IDF continues to attack terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip.

More than 130 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel on Sunday. At least 102 rockets struck Israel. 22 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense systems.

A rocket fired from Gaza hit electricity infrastructure in Israel that supplies power to Gaza, leaving 70,000 people in Khan Yunis and Deir al-Balah in the dark. The Israel Electric Company (IEC) decided not to fix the power line, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister for Regional Development Silvan Shalom, have instructed the company not to put the lives of IEC workers at risk.

Hamas is known to snipe at Israelis working near Gaza. The power line will be fixed when the security situation allows it, the company said.

As a prelude to heavier attacks on rocket launching sites situated primarily in northern Gaza, the IDF dropped leaflets and sent cell phone messages to Gazans living it that area.

The messages warned civilians to move away from Hamas terrorists and command centers, which pose a grave risk to their safety. Hamas urged Palestinians to ignore these warnings, hoping that they continue to serve as human shields.

The Security Cabinet is still undecided about a ground incursion into Gaza. Just after 12:00 a.m., three rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon.

One hit an open area. The IDF immediately responded with artillery fire towards the source. The United Nations was notified about the incident.

A rocket fired from Syria hit Israel as well. The rocket was probably fired intentionally and not a spillover from the civil war being waged there. The IDF responded with artillery toward Syrian military posts. Hits were confirmed.

Since the start of the operation, over 971 rockets have been launched at Israel. 754 of those rockets hit Israel, and approximately 201 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense systems. The IDF has targeted over 1,474 terror targets, with both naval and aerial capabilities.