Flames leap from fuel blaze at Gaza power plant

NUSSEIRAT, Gaza (NBC/RTV) — Most of Gaza City’s electricity supply was cut off after Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant.

A column of black smoke rose from the facility as fuel containers burned.

The plant supplied the Gaza Strip with two-thirds of its energy needs.

Reuters reported that the plant was already working at a reduced capacity of around 20 percent after taking a hit last week.

A civil defense official in Gaza said the local fire brigade wasn’t equipped to put out Tuesday’s fire.

An Israeli military spokesperson had no immediate comment but said she was checking the report.

Israel launched a military offensive in the Gaza Strip earlier this month, saying it wanted to stop rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.

Ten days later, Israel sent ground forces into Gaza with the declared aim of destroying Hamas tunnels criss-crossing the border.

International pressure has been mounting to end the fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants firing rockets from Gaza into the Jewish state.

The 22-day-long conflict has claimed more than 1,000 Palestinian lives, many of them civilians, and left more than 50 Israeli soldiers, two civilians and a Thai worker in Israel, dead.

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