Israel Cuts Fuel, Power Plant Shuts Down In Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza residents are protesting Israel’s effort to halt Palestinian rocket fire.

Israel has cut off all crossings between Gaza and Israel and isn’t allowing any supplies of food or fuel to get through. The only power plant in Gaza was shut down last night.

Health officials warn the fuel cutoff could cause a catastrophe for hospital patients.

Children marched through dark streets holding candles, while a Hamas TV announcer declared that people are being “killed” and are “starving.”

Israel is accusing Gaza’s Hamas rulers of fabricating a crisis in an effort to gain world sympathy.

Human rights organizations are condemning the fuel cutoff, with one Israeli group saying that punishing civilians in Gaza won’t stop the rockets.