Thursday, February 7, 2008

Israel begins reducing power supply to Gaza

From Ha'aretz:
Israel will begin reducing the supply of electricity to the Gaza Strip in the coming days, possibly as soon as Thursday evening, in accordance with a plan authorized by Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai.

"We want the Gazans to take care of themselves, and we are operating to minimize the assistance granted to them by Israel," Vilnai said Thursday during a ceremony marking the opening of new bomb shelters in the rocket-ridden southern city of Sderot.

"We must wean Gaza off its dependency on Israel in various areas. The High Court of Justice ruled that we are operating in a proper manner - we are gradually reducing in percentage increments the supply of electricity, and meanwhile, the Gazans are building alternative electricity production infrastructure," the deputy minister added.
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