Households, businesses, and hospitals across the strip are without electricity and water in the sweltering summer heat. Sanitation systems have collapsed. Most Gazans live in high-rise buildings that require power to pump water into homes. Some buildings are operating on generators, but fuel supplies are dwindling.
The power station had been insured by a U.S. government agency, which means American money will likely pay for the repairs. One senior U.S. Army lawyer, speaking on condition of anonymity, says, "Blowing up the power supply does not degrade Hamas's military capabilities. It only makes the civilian population suffer."
That of course, is the point.