Event #2136 Israeli security cabinet declares the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity" Date: Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007
Sergio Yahni writes (19 September 2007)
On 19 September, the Israeli security cabinet declared the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity," and voted to gradually
cut off fuel and electricity supplies. The cabinet, however, voted against disconnecting the Gazan water supply.
The Israeli governent stated that this decision was in response to the continued firing of Qassam rockets from Gaza at Israeli targets. According to the Maan News Agency, "their aim is to use the
civilian population to put pressure on Hamas to halt the rocket attacks, by cutting off vital resources gradually."
Moreover, there was a decision to limit border crossings, including commerce, to twice a week at maximum, and to only allow access to and from Gaza through Egypt. Moreover, there was a decision made
to prevent the delivery of monies into the Gaza Strip except those required for public services.
Initially electricity supplies will be disrupted if rocket fire continues. It will be reduced just to enable hospitals and basic services to function. Israeli sources said that Israeli will maintain
the supply to the Gaza Strip of fifty-megawatts of electricity, one third of the usual supply. This electricity is solely meant to enable the functioning of hospitals and other vital
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