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Electric corp. refuses to repair Gaza power lines until Israeli captives repatriated

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Lea and Simcha Goldin (center, center-left), parents of Lt. Hadar Goldin attend a memorial ceremony marking six years since his death and abduction, outside the military cemetery in Jerusalem, on July 2, 2020.
Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90Lea and Simcha Goldin (center, center-left), parents of Lt. Hadar Goldin attend a memorial ceremony marking six years since his death and abduction, outside the military cemetery in Jerusalem, on July 2, 2020.

Hamas has held the bodies of Lt. Hadar Goldin and St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul since 2014 Operation Protective Edge

The workers union at the Israel Electricity Corporation (IEC) announced Thursday that it will not fix Gaza power lines - disrupted during the latest conflagration between Hamas and Israel - until the Israelis held in the Gaza Strip are repatriated.

"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," said the union, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Union leader Miko Tzarfati told Kan News that the IEC's workers put themselves at risk to repair the lines - and even do so under fire. 

Hamas is known to be holding the remains of Lt. Hadar Goldin and St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul, who were killed in the Strip during the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) incursion into Gaza during 2014's Operation Protective Edge.

In addition, Hamas is also likely holding two Israeli civilians - Avraham "Avera" Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed - both of whom crossed into the Gaza Strip and are thought to be suffering from mental instability. While the IEC's communique included Mengistu, it made no mention of al-Sayed.

One Yamina Knesset (Israel Parliament) member Idit Silman backed the IEC workers' stance. "...the greatest moral and social value for the citizens of Israel is to come out of the fighting in Gaza not only with reinforced deterrence, but also with all four boys back home," reported the Post.

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