Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Sunday, June 14, 2015
  • Elder of Ziyon
The New York Times wrote on Friday:

A born chatterbox, Mohammad gaily told of how he had started a fire in their home last winter by knocking over a candle, and of how his brother had come to his rescue. Many Palestinians rely on candles for light because of hourslong power cuts, made even worse by Israel’s bombing of the local power station last summer.
Did Israel bomb the power plant?

The Guardian said it was "destroyed" and "finished" before it miraculously went back online two months later.

At the time, the IDF denied targeting the plant, saying it might have been hit by accident.

Now, as Israel's report on the Gaza war is released, we can see what happened:
Even when munitions directed at military targets unintentionally hit civilian objects, the collateral damage caused does not by itself render the attack unlawful. Such was the case with the IDF tank shells that on July 29 unfortunately missed their intended target and hit fuel tanks serving Gaza’s power plant (but not the power plant itself). In this incident, IDF tank forces had legitimately directed an attack against several individuals who were believed to be carrying anti-tank rockets intended for immediate use.

Footnote:
As discussed infra at Section E.2, during the 2014 Gaza Conflict Israel provided electricity to the Gaza Strip via power lines running from Israel and made extensive efforts to facilitate the repair of any power lines that were damaged as a result of the fighting. Nevertheless the MAG referred the July 29, 2014 incident to the Fact-Finding Assessment Mechanism for examination, the findings of which have been provided to the MAG. The MAG’s decision whether to order the opening of a criminal investigation into this incident is still pending.
So it was Israeli fire (but not an airstrike) that hit the fuel tanks (but not the power plant) while targeting terrorists (but not the power plant.)

(h/t David Groskind)



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