Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a complete blockade on the Gaza Strip on Monday, which has been under siege for 17 years. Gallant said the new blockade would be total, with "no electricity, no water, no fuel."
Israeli Infrastructure Minister Israel Katz also announced on Monday an immediate cut of all water supplies to Gaza. He posted on social media, declaring that what was in the past would no longer continue in the future and that all water supply pipes to Gaza had been severed. He further explained that electricity and fuel supplies to Gaza had also been cut off.
The United Nations responded to the Israeli decision, affirming that a complete blockade is "prohibited" under international humanitarian law. Collective punishment of civilian populations amounts to a war crime under international law. Human Rights Watch described the statements by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant regarding Palestinians as reprehensible and called it an incitement to commit a war crime.
As a result, the sole power generation station ceased operation on Wednesday due to the depletion of the necessary fuel, following continuous Israeli aggression on Gaza for the fifth consecutive day and the closure of crossings.
Imad Al-Baz, the head of the Palestinian Energy Authority in Gaza, stated in a press release that the power generation station stopped working at 2:00 local time due to fuel depletion. This led to a complete power outage in all areas of Gaza.
The shutdown of the power generation station threatens to plunge the region into darkness and makes it impossible to provide essential services to the citizens.
Israel has been cutting off electricity supplies to the region as part of its collective punitive measures since the beginning of the recent aggression last Saturday.
The Gaza Ministry of Health spokesperson, Ashraf Al-Qudra, announced the initiation of measures to regulate healthcare services and support in Gaza in response to the ongoing Israeli aggression, power cuts, and the unavailability of hospital fuel. He stated that the decision includes directing limited electric generator capacity to maintain essential and life-saving emergency services for the wounded and patients as much as possible. The Ministry is committed to providing essential healthcare services to patients in all hospitals and health centers in the region despite the difficult circumstances.
The people of Gaza are enduring a devastating assault, with the Israeli military machine using hundreds of tons of explosives from the air, land, and sea, targeting homes, residential buildings, and public and private property without prior warning. This includes internationally banned white phosphorus shells.