Israeli Electric Corp. Union Refuses to Repair Gaza Lines until Israeli Hostages Freed

The Israel Electric Corporation’s (IEC) workers’ union has stated they will not repair electric lines to Gaza until Israeli captives held by Hamas are returned, in a statement Thursday. 

Militant group Hamas which controls Gaza, holds captive two Israeli civilians Hisham al-Sayed and Avera Mengistu, as well as the remains of the Israeli soldiers who died during the 2014 war in Gaza. 

The union said, “As a sign of solidarity and support for the struggle for the return of the boys, we do not intend to repair and return the power lines to Gaza that were damaged as a result of Hamas firing, until Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul and Avera Mengistu are returned to Israel,” the Jerusalem Post reported. 

But the union did not mention civilian al-Sayed who went to Gaza in 2015.

In response the IEC said, “The Electric Company is a government company, subject to the provisions of the law, and believes that electricity is an essential product outside the conflict,” on Twitter. 

“The IEC is hoping to bring the boys home,” they added. 

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