Gazans awoke to a second day without its main power plant or fuel as international leaders condemned the “collective punishment of the people of Gaza,” and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert resolutely said Gazans "will walk, without gas for their cars" until their "murderous regime's" rocket attacks cease. World leaders, meanwhile, worry the situation will spiral out of control, the AP reports.
Hamas leaders call the situation a “crisis,” while Israelis say those claims are exaggerated since Israel has not cut off the electricity it supplies Gaza during the blockade, now in its fourth day. Gaza health officials contradicted Hamas’ claims that five people died due to power shortages. Gaza shut down its 65-megawatt power plant yesterday, due to an alleged blockade-imposed lack of fuel.