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Electric company union: We won’t repair Gaza power lines until prisoners returned

Power lines next to Moshav Bnei Re'em in central Israel, April 26, 2010. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Power lines next to Moshav Bnei Re'em in central Israel, April 26, 2010. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

The workers union at the Israel Electric Corporation announces they will not repair the power lines to Gaza until the Strip’s ruling terror group returns the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, both killed in the 2014 war, as well as civilian Avera Mengistu who entered Gaza of his own accord.

There is no mention of Hisham al-Sayed, a second civilian who entered the Strip.

The IEC issues a statement in response, saying they are a “government company, subject to the provisions of the law, and we believe that electricity is an essential product that is outside the conflict.”

The company adds that it “hopes the boys are brought home.”

Israeli officials say Hamas rockets damaged power lines, cutting off hundreds of thousands of Gazans from electricity.

Clockwise from top left: Avera Mengistu, Hisham al-Sayed, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. (Flash 90/Times of Israel)
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