Palestinians sabotage power grid during winter storm

Palestinian terrorism has taken on a new form: causing power outages to Israeli communities.

Palestinians in the Gush Etzion area sabotaged the local power grid on Friday, leaving hundreds of Israeli families without electricity amid a severe winter storm.

Palestinians threw a wire with a stone at a power line that runs through their villages which is adjacent to Israeli communities, causing the power to fail in several areas.

An electricity company team, accompanied by heavy security, entered the Palestinian village to fix the sabotage.

They were successful in partially repairing the damage, but residents continued to experience occasional power outages.

“Families were considering whether to leave the community and spend Shabbat elsewhere for fear that they would be stuck at home with young children in a house with no electricity during stormy weather,” Marina Berger from Tekoa told Israel’s Ynet.

“The government must state categorically that harm to Jewish residents of Gush Etzion will harm the quality of life of Palestinians in the area,” the Gush Etzion Regional Council stated in response to the incident.