15 Qassam rockets were fired by Palestinian Arab terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza into Israel in the 24 hours between Monday morning and Tuesday morning, says the IDF.
Recall that the Israeli cabinet decided on 19-Sep-07 to declare the Gaza Strip "hostile territory". Israel said it would harm civilian infrastructure if the rocket-fire did not stop. It mentioned such steps as limiting electricity and fuel supplies but not water.
Those non-lethal, non-military steps to stop the rocket attacks immediately provoked widespread condemnation by the "international community" and human rights organizations. Speeches were made in various non-Israeli cities declaring that such measures amounted to breaches of international law and of the Geneva Convention.
But no practical step of any kind was announced or executed by any government or NGO against the Hamas regime - a regime that stands squarely behind the ongoing and escalating lethal attacks on Israelis. And those rockets keep being fired.
So in the wake of the steady toll of attacks that no other government on earth would tolerate against its people, Israel now says it plans to start implementing its threat in the coming days.
Expect to see electricity cut-offs from Israel to the Gaza Strip, according to Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai, speaking today. Electricity would be cut for several hours a day in the course of several weeks to the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun and nearby areas from where the majority of rockets were being launched at Israel, he said. But hospitals and other "humanitarian" facilities would not be cut off, he said, expressing a sensitivity that is entirely absent in the deliberate actions of the terrorists and their regime.